MINERS

Michael Perez
24  Michael Perez

Hometown:
Tucson, AZ

High School:
Pueblo HS

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 180

Position:
Guard

Experience:
1L

2011-12 (SOPHOMORE): Averaged 11.0 ppg (fourth on the team), 2.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 0.7 spg and 30.9 mpg ... shot 40.3 percent from the floor, 36.9 percent from three-point land and 72.5 percent from the foul line ... scored in double figures in 18 of his last 27 games (325 points, 12.0 ppg) ... had his breakout night at Oregon, scoring 13 of his 18 points in the second half ... made 8-of-12 shots versus the Ducks in 27 minutes off the bench ... connected on 4-of-6 three point tries on his way to putting up 19 points against NM State ... added four assists, a block and two steals in 37 minutes versus the Aggies ... netted 17 points and four boards in 38 minutes at UNLV ... drained 7-of-10 shots, 2-of-2 three pointers and 2-of-2 free throws in producing 18 points against Southern ... scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half versus the Jaguars ... five rebounds versus McNeese State ... scored 16 of his career-high 25 points in the second half against Clemson ... made 8-of-12 shots, 3-of-6 three pointers and 6-of-7 free throws versus the Tigers while playing the full 40 minutes ... scored 12 of his 18 points, including three three pointers, in the final five minutes against Auburn ... earned a spot on the Diamond Head Classic All-Tournament team after averaging 17.7 ppg in three games ... tied for the team lead in minutes (110, 36.7 avg.) in the event while shooting 60 percent (9-for-15) from three-point range to lead all players ... named co-Conference USA Player of the Week on Dec. 26 ... put up 10 points in 35 minutes versus Colorado State ... did not play against Houston (1/7) after sustaining an ankle injury in the gameday shootaround ... was the lone Miner in double figure scoring at Tulsa with 14 points ... played 42 minutes versus SMU with 16 points ... either set or tied career-highs for assists (four) and steals (four) against the Mustangs ... netted 10 of his 14 points in the second half at Tulane while also dishing out four assists ... played 42 minutes in an overtime loss at Houston, scoring 12 points while dishing out three assists ... put up 14 points in 36 minutes at Rice with a couple of steals ... pulled down four rebounds versus UAB ... had made a three pointer in 17 straight games before not attempting a triple against Tulsa ... still finished with 14 points versus the Golden Hurricane, establishing career-highs for free throws made (eight) and attempted (10) and rebounds (six) ... lone Miner in double figure scoring against Tulane with 15 points while playing a career-high 43 minutes ... made 7-of-9 free throws at Memphis, part of a 15-point afternoon that included 10 points after halftime ... played all but a few seconds in UTEP's two C-USA Tournament games against Houston and Memphis ... scored 14 points with six rebounds versus the Cougars.

2010-11 (FRESHMAN): Collected 42 points (1.5 avg.), 18 rebounds (0.6 avg.) and 21 assists (0.8 avg.) while coming off the bench for 28 games ... shot 44.4 percent from the field and 47.1 percent (8-for-17) from three-point range ... averaged 10.1 minutes ... shot 50 percent both from the floor and beyond the arc in conference play while committing only four turnovers over 95 minutes (compiled 17 turnovers in 187 minutes during the non-conference portion of the schedule) ... made 7-of-12 three pointers (.583) over his last 16 games ... buried a three pointer while adding three rebounds and two assists in his Miner debut versus Pacific ... scored seven points on 3-of-3 shooting with an assist and a steal in 17 minutes versus Western Carolina ... dished out three assists against Georgia Tech ... collected four points, two boards, three assists and a steal versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff ... registered his season-high nine points against Western New Mexico, draining all three of his three-point attempts ... also hit trifectas at UAB and Tulane ... was 2-for-2 from the floor in 10 minutes versus Tulane at the Haskins Center ... snared three rebounds at Rice ... missed three games (Southern Miss, Houston, UCF) while nursing a sore ankle ... returned to the lineup at East Carolina, posting two points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal.

PRIOR TO UTEP: Two-time first team All-State choice at Pueblo High School in Tucson ... also a back-to-back recipient of the Sonoran Region Player of the Year Award and a two-time first team All-City pick ... concluded his senior season as the leading scorer in the state of Arizona among big schools (4A/5A) ... explosive guard averaged 23.4 points as a junior and 29.9 points as a senior, earning team MVP honors on both occasions ... McDonald's All-American nominee as a senior when he averaged 8.1 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 3.0 assists while shooting 49 percent from the field and 84 percent from the line ... did not score fewer than 20 points in a game his senior year, topping 30 points 11 times and 40 points on two occasions ... rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com.

PERSONAL: Full name is Michael Christopher Perez ... parents are Frank and Anna Perez ... has two brothers ... born 12/10/91 (Tucson, Ariz.).

Year Cl. GP GS MIN AVE FG FGA PCT 3FG 3FGA PCT FT FTA PCT OFF DEF TOT AVE PF FO A TO BLK ST PTS AVE
2010-11 Fr 28 0 282 10.1 16 36 .444 8 17 .471 2 6 .333 2 16 18 0.6 23 0 21 21 3 5 42 1.5
2011-12 So 31 27 957 30.9 110 273 .403 41 111 .369 79 109 .725 11 69 80 2.6 62 0 60 70 6 21 340 11.0
Total 59 27 1239 21.0 126 309 .408 49 128 .383 81 115 .704 13 85 98 1.7 85 0 81 91 9 26 382 6.5