The 2013 recruiting season for the UTEP basketball team was a roller coaster ride that most wish we hadn't been on. Many names surfaced, but only a few actually made their way to El Paso. The good news is, that ride has finally come to an end.
This season UTEP will return seven of its top scorers from a year ago, but will lose a total of five players from that team, and now welcome a recruiting class that includes freshmen Vincent Hunter, Jake Flaggert, and Josh Brown, and now Justin Crosgile, a transfer point guard from Eastern Washington University.
On August 26th, Crosgile unofficially announced his late decision on his Twitter account:
Decided To Play My Last Year For Coach Floyd! El Paso In A Few Days! #UTEP— Justin Crosgile (@HUNGRY_HUMBLE5) August 26, 2013
However, the addition of Crosgile still hasn't been approved, at least not at all levels. According to one UTEP official, Crosgile has been admitted into school, but is still awaiting a final approval by the NCAA. If and when that goes through, he will be added to the official UTEP roster.
This year, Crosgile will be a senior, and therefore, has one year of eligibility remaining. A native of New Jersey, Crosgile originally committed to play basketball at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. But, after playing his first season and sitting out his second season, he decided on transferring to Eastern Washington, where he played the 2012-2013 season.
During his time at EWU, Crosgile was the team's leading scorer, with 176 total points and averaging 15 points per game. He also averaged 5.5 assists and 6 rebounds per game. However, in January of this year, he left the program to return to New Jersey in order to be closer to his mother and his three-year old son.
Crosgile, a 5'11 senior point guard, adds experience to a UTEP team that is divided between under and upperclassmen, and brings his scoring abilities and ball-handling skills to a team that totaled only 2042 (63.8 ppg) points last year.