UTEP Starting Guard Jordan Lathon Rejoins the Team After Entering the Transfer Portal
Yes, you read that right.
UTEP sophomore guard Jordan Lathon, who previously entered the transfer portal following the Diamond Head Classic, is back on the Miners' basketball team, per sources.
Lathon had a change of heart and will rejoin the program, sources told 600 ESPN El Paso.
When the news broke of Lathon leaving the program, head coach Rodney Terry previously said: “I will not get into any specifics regarding Jordan Lathon. It is a family situation and I will not comment on the matter any further.”
As a sophomore point guard and the lone returner from last year who started every game for the Miners this year, Lathon was looked to as one of the key players on this UTEP team. He averaged nearly double-figures in scoring through the first four games. Then, he was held to six points or fewer in the eight games of December, including three scoreless outings (Arkansas Pine-Bluff, East Central and Hawaii). He scored 13 against UC Irvine and 10 points against Boise State, but the month of December saw a bit of a decline in Lathon's performance.
Lathon led the team in assists (37), averaged 6.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, while starting every game he played in this year (13-of-13).
Last year, Lathon started in all 27 games played, earned C-USA Freshman of the Week twice, led the team in assists (74) and averaged 10.9 points per game. He was a four-star prospect from Grandview (Missouri) High School that attracted attention from the likes of Louisville, Virginia, Northwestern, among many other Division I programs coming out of high school.
The Miners are coming off back-to-back losses in Miami to start Conference USA play. They first lost to Florida International (69-67) last Thursday and lost to Florida Atlantic (59-56) on Saturday. UTEP has lost 18 straight road games and the team hasn't won a C-USA road game since 2017.
UTEP (9-6) will host Southern Miss on Thursday at the Don Haskins Center, with tipoff set for 7 p.m.