I was able to catch up briefly with UTEP's newest basketball commitment, Pueblo's Michael Perez. Perez is a 6'4 shooting guard who can provide some immediate depth to UTEP's backcourt. For more on Perez's commitment to UTEP, with some highlights and notes on his game, click here.
Miner Rush: What is it about UTEP that led you to commit to the Miners? I saw on Twitter you said it "was a better fit" than St. John's. Why is that the case?
Michael Perez: I love the new facilities and coaching staff. Everyone is very helpful. Also its closer to home so my family and friends can come watch games.
MR: I saw you started classes at UTEP today. How'd it go? What are your thoughts about the campus? The student body? El Paso?
Michael Perez: The campus is great, its easy to get from class to class and the people are very friendly. El Paso feels like Tucson so its easy to adapt.
MR: You really tore up the AAU circuit. How did those tournaments help you get "discovered" by college coaches?
Michael Perez: The tournaments really helped me a lot. They put me in a position to play in front of numerous college coaches and playing with the Compton Magic was great.
MR: How do you describe your game? Do you prefer to play the point, or off guard? Are you a slasher?
Michael Perez: I think im an athletic two-guard. I like to slash and score in a variety of ways.
MR: What aspect of your game would you say is your biggest strength? Conversely, what is the thing you think you need to work on the most?
Michael Perez: My biggest strength would be my athleticism and scoring ability. I need to tighten up my ball handling skills and get a more consistent shot.
MR: Is there anything you'd like to say to the Miner Nation?
Michael Perez: I just want to let Miner Nation know that im going to be humble and a hard worker all the time and we'll be we ready for the season.
I loved Michael's response to that last question. It's always good to see an incoming player acknowledge that humility and hard work can be the keys to a successful college career. Welcome to the Miner Nation, Michael.