MINERS
Eric Moreland Joins UTEP Basketball Team

Tony Barbee

Tony Barbee

Jan. 14, 2010

Eric Moreland, a 6-9 forward from Houston, has signed a financial aid agreement to play basketball at UTEP. He will have four years of eligibility with the Miners beginning with the 2010-11 season.

Moreland is enrolled in school and has been practicing with the Miners. He drew interest from Arkansas, Houston, Memphis and Providence, among other schools, before choosing UTEP.

He averaged 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocks as a senior at Hightower High School in Missouri City. The Hurricanes were undefeated (13-0) in District 23-5A. Moreland was a part of a stacked Hightower roster that included future collegians Garlon Green (TCU) and J.J. Richardson (Pittsburgh).

"He is tremendously skilled for a 6-9 player, and he has a good basketball mind," UTEP coach Tony Barbee said. "He is dedicating this year to getting stronger and developing physically, but he can handle and shoot the ball. He has similar attributes to Arnett Moultrie as a freshman."

"He has great upside because he can run the floor," Hightower coach David Green said. "He has improved so much in a short period of time. He needs to get a little bit stronger, but his best years are ahead of him. He's a decent shooter, he blocks shots and he's willing to work hard, which is the key to success."

Moreland started his high school career as a guard but grew five inches between his junior and senior year. The 2008-09 season was his first starting at power forward.

Moreland's brother, Louis Truscott, played at Nebraska (1998-2000) and Houston (2001-03).

Moreland is the fifth player to sign with the Miners for next season, joining 6-10 center John Bohannon (Lancaster, Texas), 6-6 forward Darrious Curry (Houston, Texas), 6-9 center Matt Korcheck (Tucson, Ariz.) and 6-0 guard Jamison Sterns (Waxahachie, Texas).