LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 14: Head coach Tim Floyd of the UTEP Miners talks to his players during a timeout during their game against the UNLV Rebels at the Thomas & Mack Center December 14, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UNLV won 65-54. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
The UTEP men's basketball team has lost a member of the 2012 recruiting class, before he even stepped on the Don Haskins Center floor. According to Seattle area journalist, Kevin Cacabelos, Dustin Watts, a 6'2 shooting guard out of Seattle will not be playing for the Miners this coming season.
Former O'Dea standout Dustin Watts will not be playing at UTEP next season.— Kevin Cacabelos (@KevinCacabelos) August 1, 2012
Its not exactly clear just exactly what Watts reasons were, but we'll look into it, and bring you more on the situation as it becomes available.
The loss is a big one for the Miners, as we aren't extremely deep in the back court, especially at the shooting guard position. But, I'm sure guys like Twymond Howard, CJ Cooper, and McKenzie Moore (when he becomes available) should get more minutes to pick up the slack.
On another note, the Miners will also have an available scholarship for the upcoming season, and while there is no guarantee that they use it, there are a few players out there that could potentially join the Miners. We'll keep you updated as we can.