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UTEP Basketball: Recruiting Update, Pair of Arizona Natives on UTEP's Radar

Recruiting news has been slow and hard to find since the season got underway, but recently a pair of prospects from Arizona are on the UTEP radar.


After taking somewhat of a break, the UTEP coaches are out and about looking to fill the remaining 2015 scholly, and start building their 2016 database.

Last night 2016 F Malik Ondigo (6'10, 210 pounds) announced via Twitter that he has been offered by UTEP.

Ondigo is from El Mirage, Arizona, and per Verbal Commits, and ESPN is a composite two-star prospect.

In six games this season for Dysart High School, Ondigo is averaging 15.2 points per game, and 9.0 rebounds per game and is also averaging 2.5 blocks per outing.  UTEP is Ondigo's second Division One offer as Cal Poly has also extended to the 2016 big man.

Only a junior, Ondigo has greatly improved his high school numbers in his second year of varsity by nearly matching his 2013-14 point total in just the first six games so far this season, most likely thanks to a solid AAU showing over the summer.

With his continued improvement, Ondigo could see more offers roll in and his stock rise with his continued development.

He is also an AAU teammate of a 2015 prospect that could be officially visiting UTEP during the Arizona game.

2015 F Andre Adams (6'8 220 pounds) is a guy who we should all know about.

Per Verbal Commits, everyone who wants to be anyone in the west region is or was after this kid.

New Mexico, USC, Arizona State, Washington, and San Diego State have all shown interest, with the first four schools holding official offers during his senior year of high school last season.

Max Preps has the three star recruit averaging 9.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in his three year varsity career at Westview High School in Avondale, Arizona.  247 Sports had him ranked No. 142 overall in their 2014 rankings.

Rivals had him as high as No. 53 in their 2014 rankings, though he finished his high school career ranked No. 130 by Rivals.

He is currently doing a post-grad year at IMG Academy to improve his grades, along with his inside and outside game on the floor.  Adams received a home visit from UTEP coaches earlier this week, and could possibly be in attendance on an official visit to UTEP next Friday when the Miners take on Arizona in a sold out Don Haskins Center.

Looking at Adams' film, he appears to be a defensive minded player, with the athleticism and defensive activeness that fits right into what he would be asked to do in Coach Floyd's system.

He eases by any defender driving with his left, and knows his way around the rim when finishing, also showing the ability to stretch defenses' with a consistent mid-rang jumper that he knows how to effectively use.  He has great feet, and moves around at top speed very smoothly for a guy his size.

Just imagine the full potential Adams could bring to UTEP's front court when CTF and staff fully develop his right hand.

Both Ondigo and Adams are apart of the Arizona Magic AAU team headed by Kenny Mullins who have helped fill out a few Pac-12 rosters, and whose alumni include Isaiah Thomas from the Sacramento Kings, and Jerryd Bayless from the Memphis Grizzlies.

Expect to hear more 2016 names to pop in the next few weeks, as high school basketball seasons across the country move into mid-season form.

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