UTEP men's basketball head coach Tim Floyd met the media yesterday afternoon to discuss his team's summer trip to Costa Rica and their newest addition to their late recruiting class. Joey St. Pierre, a 6'10, 280-pound post player from Richmond, Illinois will join the Miners for the 2017-18 season. He averaged 13.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks for Richmond-Burton High School.

"Joey is a big, physical guy. He reminds us of Cedrick Lang," Tim Floyd said in a school's press release. "He can rebound and defend and he’s a good athlete. He plays hard. He could be a great screener. He’s a good passer out of the post. He’s going to continue to develop, just like our other bigs have over the years. He will get better and better. Because of his size, athleticism and ability to rebound we can see places where he can help us as a freshman."

Meanwhile, Floyd also announced that his team will be traveling to Costa Rica August 15-20 to play three exhibition games against professional teams from the area. College basketball teams can take a foreign trip once every four years. The Costa Rica tour makes a ton of sense for the Miners since they will have seven newcomers on the roster next season. UTEP will be able to conduct 10 days of practice in El Paso before leaving for Costa Rica, and Coach Floyd will have the opportunity to work with his entire roster two months before he usually can conduct his first official practice of the season.

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