When Isiah Osborne announced that he was leaving the UTEP men's basketball program to return to Canada to play college basketball, the Miners had just lost their leading scorer from conference games last season. With only Evan Gilyard, Kobe Magee, and Paul Thomas returning from the 2017-18 team, the current Miners roster will be filled with new faces. UTEP will also have a four star prospect join head coach Rodney Terry for his inaugural season. Jordan Lathon signed to play basketball with the Miners and he will have four years of eligibility beginning this season.

The 6'5 point guard from Grandview, Missouri was rated the 27th best guard in the nation according to Rivals and the 137th best player in the nation. 247 Sports listed Lathon as the fifth best player in the state of Missouri and 12th best combo guard in the country. He signed with Northwestern last year and led Grandview to a state championship this season. A little more than two months ago, Northwestern suddenly revoked his admission and did not give a reason. Suddenly schools like Louisville, Texas Tech, SMU, Oregon State, and more than a dozen other top programs were lining up with scholarship offers. However, Lathon ultimately chose to play for Rodney Terry and the UTEP Miners.

Lathon will have four years of eligibility, starting with the 2018-19 season. He will be a terrific compliment in the backcourt to Evan Gilyard, and makes the Miners a much more intriguing team. Coach Terry and his coaching staff deserve an enormous amount of credit for landing one of the best prospects of their already loaded recruiting class.

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