The 2013-14 season may have just ended, but that doesn't mean the coaches of the UTEP men's basketball program aren't still hard at work. They showed that once again Wednesday night, grabbing their seventh commitment for the 2014 class.
Marqywell Jackson, a 6'5 shooting guard out of East English Village High in Detroit, has verbally committed to play for the Miners according to multiple online outlets. Here's a tweet from Pat Lawless:
Marqywell Jackson, Class of 2014 F of East English Village (MI), just committed to UTEP.— Pat Lawless (@GiveNGobball) March 27, 2014
Jackson is a kid with great size, court vision, and shooting ability who is a very capable ball handler. He adds depth at the guard position, which the Miners desperately needed this past season, and adds more firepower to an already loaded recruiting class.
The 4 star prospect went a bit unnoticed at the high-major level, but was offered by the likes of Iowa State, Detroit, and Rhode Island, among others, while also receiving interest from a number of other programs.
Its unclear whether this is the last addition to the 2014 class for the Miners, but at this point nothing would surprise. As it stands today, the Miners have 8 scholarship players on the team for the 2014-15 season, and have 3 players who have already signed letters of intent, with another 4 having given verbals.
The NCAA limit for scholarships in men's basketball is 13, so obviously something has got to give. With signing day (April 16) quickly approaching, it'll be interesting to see just how things shake out with this situation.
Of course, as we know all too well, verbal commitments and letters of intent at that only mean so much, so we'll have to wait and see who actually ever dons a UTEP uniform. But, no matter what happens, this is certainly turning out to be one hell of a class.
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