UTEP Adds Four to 2014 Men's Basketball Signing Class
April 16, 2014
UTEP Head Coach Tim Floyd announced on Wednesday that guards Marqywell Jackson (Detroit, Mich.), Earvin Morris (Memphis, Tenn.) and Lew Stallworth (Newhall, Calif.) and forward Terry Winn (Monroe, La.) have signed national letters of intent to play for the Miners beginning with the 2014-15 season.
UTEP has now landed a total of seven signees, including guards Omega Harris (Bethany, Okla.), Chris Sandifer (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Trey Touchet (Lafayette, La.), who all put pen to paper back in November.
"Our needs became obvious in late December in the fact that we had three scholarship perimeter players," Floyd said. "We feel like we have really enhanced our backcourt and our ability to post up with both perimeter players and inside players. One thing that has always been very important to us is whether our players impacted winning where they were. For the most part these guys have won at a high level.
"The three young men we signed in the fall went on to have great years. Omega Harris' team lost in the state finals and he was runner-up for Player of the Year in the state. Trey Touchet lost in the state semifinals on a team that had lost four starters from the previous year. He was the back-to-back Gatorade Player of the Year in Louisiana. Chris Sandifer was an explosive scorer as a senior, including a 51-point game against Long Beach Cabrillo High School."
Jackson was rated a four-star recruit by Rivals, averaging 26 and 24 points per game his junior and senior year respectively.
"Marqywell has great length for a perimeter player," Floyd said. "He is very good in the open floor. He has really good upside. He has the ability to be a good defender. He can really, really score. I think he's a guy that can really shoot it and come off pindowns, which is something we need moving forward. He really rebounded it well from the guard spot as a senior."
Morris averaged 14.4 points this season at Tallahassee Community College, shooting 50.5 percent from the field and 46.9 percent from three-point range. He will have two years of eligibility with the Miners.
"Earvin is a very versatile player who can play different positions and score in a lot of ways," Floyd said. "He is a very instinctive passer, has the ability to shoot the three and can create his own shot. He played at a very competitive level in junior college. He can come in and help our team score in a variety of ways. We love his ability to post in addition to being able to face the basket. He has a very nice mid-range game, which is rare in today's game.
"Earvin made tremendous improvement from his freshman year to his sophomore year of college under the direction of coach Eddie Barnes. He displayed a willingness to be coached which translated into a great sophomore season."
Stallworth was appointed the 2014 Foothill League Player of the Year after averaging 20 points per game at William S. Hart High School, which has posted a combined mark of 51-6 over the last two years.
"Lew is a safe passer who does a great job of getting in the lane and finding open teammates," Floyd said. "He can make the open three. He is a very good foul shooter. He is a very tough defender. We love the fact that any team he plays on wins. Kenny Smith was his AAU coach and actually coached him beginning in elementary school. He has always been a mentor to Lew, and he even told me that he modeled his game after Kenny's. He is a very vocal player who will be an extension from the coaching staff and a great leader at the point guard position."
Winn averaged a double-double (24 ppg/13 rpg) in his lone season at Westwind Preparatory Academy after playing at Melrose High School in Memphis as a senior.
"Terry is somewhat of a midsize player who can help us at multiple positions," Floyd said. "He will help us defend against undersized players. He can score both in the post and make plays in the open court. He made a lot of improvement to his game with his year at Westwind. He has great feet and will really be able to defend. He is also a very explosive athlete. He has a strong ability to rebound out of his area."
Harris collected 18.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 3.1 apg as a senior at Putnam City West High School. He was tabbed The Oklahoman's Big All-City Boys Player of the Year. Touchet averaged 18.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals at St. Thomas More High School, shooting 61 percent from the floor, 42 percent from outside and 79 percent from the charity stripe. Sandifer, who played at Taft High School this season, was recently named MVP of the Battle of the Valley senior all-star game in Los Angeles, scoring 27 points for the West squad.
2014 UTEP Basketball Spring Signing Class
"I'm excited that Marqywell is going to play for Tim Floyd. I think the best is yet to come for him. He has a chance to be a very good college player. He can score, he's versatile and he has a good, natural feel for the game. Coach Floyd can help him continue to develop as a player and evolve as a person."
"Earvin already brings Division I experience to UTEP, plus he has played in the Panhandle, which is considered to be the best junior college league in the country. He had a year of maturation with us. He was able to take his game to another level. He's a guard who can score in a lot of different ways. He brings toughness at a very high, competitive level. He's a winner from the time he steps on the floor until the time he steps off it."
"He is a hard working kid who has achieved all of his success through his own dedication and determination. He is a total gym rat who lives and breathes basketball."
"I have coached in junior college, Division I, the NBA Developmental League and Europe, and Terry is one of the top players I have ever had. He is a true warrior. He is an undersized power forward with a relentless nose for the ball. He rebounds amongst the trees. I love him and I'd go to war against anybody with him. UTEP has gotten a good one. He is a tough player."