UTEP sophomore guard Kaden Archie, who joined the Miners midseason this year, will elect to transfer from the program as announced on Wednesday by Verbal Commits.

The 6-foot-6 guard was granted eligibility by late November and debuted for the Miners against East Central on Nov. 11. He played in 25 games while making seven starts in the first stretch of Conference USA. Archie averaged 3.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and shot 42.7 percent in 15.9 minutes per game.

Archie tied his season-high 11 points with five rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes off the bench during a win against Ball State at the Diamond Head Classic. He followed up with another 11 point performance against Boise State in the final round of the invitational.

He was at his best when he drove to the hoop offensively, defended the opposing teams' top guard and bought into his role off the bench.

But during the middle of conference play, Archie was suspended from the team for "conduct detrimental to this team."

He rejoined the team after the incident but served as a reserve for the team off the bench for the rest of the year.

Archie joined the Miners in January of 2019 as a mid-year transfer from TCU, where he played in 10 games before leaving the program. With the Horned Frogs, Archie averaged 2.1 points per game and totaled 15 rebounds.

The Midlothian, Texas native was a highly-touted prospect out of high school and rated a 4-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals. He was ranked the No. 3 player in Texas, No. 19 small forward and No. 84 overall prospect in the country, along with being named an ESPN Top 100 recruit.

Archie joins Deon Stroud, Anthony Tarke, Jordan Lathon, Kaosi Ezeagu and Nigel Hawkins as the sixth player to transfer from the university.

The Miners are now looking at a 2020-21 roster with Souley Boum, Tydus Verhoeven, Bryson Williams, Efe Odigie, Giles Dekoninick and Eric Vila returning. They will have guard Keonte Kennedy eligible, who sat out last year coming from Xavier, along with JUCO transfer Adam Hess and high school signees Quincy Mcgriff and Ze'Rik Onyema. Guard Christian Angew, who transferred this offseason from North Alabama, will have to sit out this season unless the NCAA approves the one-time transfer rule.

The Miners now have five scholarships to play with this offseason.

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