UTEP Bolsters Backcourt With Three Fall Signees
Nov. 16, 2013
UTEP has addressed a need for backcourt help by signing three high school standouts to national letters of intent.
Omega Harris (Bethany, Okla.), Chris Sandifer (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Trey Touchet (Lafayette, La.) are all slated to join the Miners for the 2014-15 season.
"We're looking for all three to be able to impact our program as freshmen," UTEP coach Tim Floyd said.
The 6-2 Harris is regarded as a top-three player in the state of Oklahoma by future150.com (no. 1), Scout.com (no. 3) and 247Sports.com (no. 3). He averaged 17.9 points a year ago at Putnam City West High School.
"Omega is a dynamic guard who's very good in the open court," Floyd said. "He can really get in the lane and make plays for others. He has a great ability to score the basketball."
The 6-5 Sandifer is a four-star recruit and top-100 prospect by multiple scouting services. He is playing his senior year at Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif. after spending time at Price and Junipero Serra high schools previously.
"Chris has great size for his position," Floyd said. "He's an explosive athlete who can shoot the three."
The 6-2 Touchet (pronounced two-shet) was chosen the 2013 Louisiana Player of the Year by Gatorade and USA Today. He averaged 20.3 points last season for Saint Thomas More's state championship team.
"We think Trey is a really smart player who has been exceptionally well coached," Floyd said. "His ability to drive and ability to shoot impacts winning."
Complete bios follow on UTEP's signees.
UTEP Basketball Fall 2013 Signees
"I think his best basketball is yet to come because he works so hard. He is the hardest worker I have been around. He has a motor. He doesn't stop. Whether we're in preseason running on the track or in the weight room, he's the first to get there and he stays and lives in the gym. Coach Floyd definitely has a good player with a chance to be a great one. Going against guys where are at his level every day will bring out the best in him." -- Coach Lenny Bert, Putnam City West HS
"Chris is a special talent. He works extremely hard to get better on the floor. He can really shoot the ball. Based on what I've seen, he's a natural scoring guard who has the ability to move over and play the point as well. He's versatile. He's 6-5, he's athletic and he's long. He has a bunch of different attributes that coach Floyd and his staff will be able to take advantage of. I think he'll be able to play multiple positions. He should provide scoring as a freshman, and play point if they need him to." -- Coach C.J. Williams, Taft HS
"I have been coaching for 30 years and never had a more intense player. He is a gym rat. His life is consumed with the sport of basketball. He's working in the gym all the time. His intensity is going to really help UTEP. He plays every possession like it's the last. He gives 110 percent all the time and never stops. I consider him to be a complete player. He's not really flashy, but he's crafty and he knows how to play and score and defend." -- Coach Danny Broussard, Saint Thomas More HS
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