Yes football season hasn't even kicked off, but its never too early to talk about the prospects CTF and the Miners are looking at in the 2012 class. We have already received verbals from two athletes, Anthony January (6-6 PF) and Dwayne Benjamin (6-6 SF), and CTF isn't done there. Here is a look at the current prospects for UTEP basketball.
Anthony January - Verbal Commitment - 6-6 190lb PF - Compton, CA - 3 Star Athlete
January is ranked the 47th best power forward in the nation by ESPN.com, and the 23rd best small forward by Scout.com. ESPN says: "physically imposing...outstanding athlete that excels in transition...rebounds very well in traffic...and can lead the fast break and finish at the rim or dish it off".
Schools of interest - According to Scout.com, January also has interest in Colorado, Oregon, SDSU, UCLA, USC, Utah, and Washington. Also according to the site, UTEP is the only school to offer so far.
Dwayne Benjamin - Verbal Commitment - 6-6 185lb SF - Lafayette, LA - NR
Benjamin was not highly recruited as basketball player, but CTF and company saw him in some tournaments and he caught their eye. Apparently, Benjamin was informed by UTEP assistants that the Miners were interested in him. A few days later Floyd made a phone call, and expressed to DB that he could be a pro. Benjamin's response was "I'm all in".
Schools of interest - No other schools are currently on the board for Benjamin in basketball. LSU and La Lafayette in football.
Chris Washburn Jr. - Medium Interest Level - 6-9 235lb C - Grand Prairie, TX - 2 Star Athlete
Washburn is the son of former NBAer Chris Washburn Sr, and the brother of current UTEP Miner Julian Washburn. IMO, this could be a huge signing for the Miners. CJ is only listed as a 2 star athlete by ESPN, but there has got to be a ton of potential, and not only is there a ton of upside, but how about playing alongside big brother? That would have to do wonders for his game. I think we have a real good chance at signing this kid.
Schools of interest - According to Scout.com, Washburn has offers from Maryland, Missouri, Texas A&M, and UTEP, and also has interest in Kansas, Texas, and Texas Tech.
Katin Reinhardt - Medium Interest Level - 6-5 190lb SG - San Juan Capistrano, CA - 4 Star Athlete, ESPNU TOP 100 Recruit
Reinhardt is ranked the 11th best shooting guard in the 2012 class, and the 65th best player overall. ESPN.com says: "an athletic scoring guard who is multi-skilled...he has an advanced pull up game and is one of the few players that uses the glass on his jump shot from each side of the court...his handle is slick and clever...has remarkable vision which has helped expand his game".
Schools of interest - According to Scout.com, Reinhardt currently has offers from Arizona, Arizona St, Baylor, and North Carolna. Also has interest in Boston College, Colorado, Florida St, Gonzaga, Syracuse, UNLV, UTEP, and Virginia Tech.
Chris Reyes - Medium Interest Level - 6-6 200 lb PF - La Verne, CA - 3 Star Athlete
Reyes is currently ranked as the 47th best power forward in the 2012 class by ESPN.com. ESPN.com says: "Reyes is a polished finesse 4-man at the D-1 level...he is deceptively bouncy and has a high basketball IQ.
Schools of interest - According to Scout.com, Reyes has been offered by St. Mary's, San Fransisco, Portland, Santa Barbara, and Santa Clara, and also has interest in Colorado and UTEP.
Jordan Mason - Medium Interest Level - 6-1 175lb SG - Ennis, TX
Schools of interest - According to Scout.com, Mason has offers from Colorado, Houston, Texas Tech, Tulane, and UTEP.
Brett Boese - Medium Interest Level - 6-6 195lb SF - Spokane, WA
Schools of interest - According to Scout.com, Boese has offers from Portland and Seattle, and is interested in Washington St, St. Mary's, Utah, Utah St, UTEP, and Wyoming.
Joel Bolomboy - Medium Interest Level - 6-8 205lb PF - Keller, TX
Schools of interest - According to Scout.com, Bolomboy has offers from New Mexico and Texas A&M, and is also interested in Colorado, Tulsa, UTEP, Washington, and Washington St.
Taj Adams - Medium Interest Level - 6-6 180lb PF - Los Angeles, CA
Schools of interest - According to Scout.com, Adams has interest in Nevada, SDSU, USC, and UTEP.