While Rumors Were Swirling, Floyd Was Gone Crootin'

Anthony Salom-MinerRush

New offers, and the West Coast AAU scene was the actual early week of events from head coach Tim Floyd, we take a look at who UTEP offered for 2015, 2016, and 2017?

ESPN was busy getting page views for reporting that Tim Floyd was a "strong" candidate for the Missouri head coach vacancy, while Floyd was scouting for the future hitting the California AAU scene with a quick vengeance earlier in the week.

New offers were announced via recruiting experts on Twitter, giving a glimpse of what CTF & Co. are looking for once "his" first group of seniors graduate after next season.

This comes during an open recruiting period for coaches that started last Friday while the AAU scene is in full force with top level tournaments going on this weekend all over the country.  Coaches are allowed to evaluate during this weekend, so more names will fly around in the next few weeks before the dead period starts May 22nd.

Here is a list of who was offered, and also links to their AAU teams who update periodically on how their are faring.


PF- Balsa Dragovic, 6'10, 210 lbs, Montebello, CA, AAU- Earl Watson Elite.

C- Gligorije Rakocevic, 6'10, 255 lbs, Montenegro, CA, AAU- Earl Watson Elite-offers from Gonzaga, and Santa Clara.

SG- Melvin Frazier, 6'5, 188, Marrero, LA, AAU- Wings Elite, Four star by every recruiting site, plays in AAU tournament this weekend.  UTEP offered in the fall.

SG- Nuwr'yl Williams, 6'2, 175, Santa Monica, CA, Earl Watson Elite, 90th overall prospect by Rivals, four star, has offers from Auburn, Tulsa, Oregon, Arizona State.

PF- Bennie Boatwright, 6'9, 195 lbs, Sun Valley, CA, AAU- Cal Supreme, ranked 39th overall player by Rivals, four star by ESPN, and Rivals.  Offered by pretty much everyone.

2015 Interest

PG- Jalen Jenkins, 6'4 180 lbs, Meza, AZ, Rivals-three star.

2016 Offers

PF- Felix White, 6'10, Ojai, CA, AAU- SB All-Stars,  Averaged 18 pts, and 16 rebs in high school season, all CIF honoree, definition of under the radar, sources say past performance in a tournament last weekend might skyrocket his stock.  Arrived in USA prior to this school year.

PG- Herbert McGee, 6'2, 175 lbs, New Orleans, LA, AAU- Red Storm Basketball, playing in Nike Spring Showdown in Chicago, Ill this weekend.

PF- Daron Henson, 6'7 180, Mission Hills, CA, AAU- Compton Magic, Killer stroke from everywhere from a 6'7/6'8 guy, another long athletic wing with a high ceiling.

2017 Offers

PG- Chris Giles, 6'2 160 lbs, Dallas, TX, ranked 7th nationally in class of 2017, everyone has this kid as a high-major signee with superb scout notes.

G- Milan Taylor, 6'4, 205 lbs, Valencia, CA, AAU- Kenny Smith's Aim High AAU

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