UTEP officially announced the addition of guards Deon Barrett and Tim Cameron who officially signed with UTEP this morning in front of family, friends, and teammates.
"Deon is a really quick and shifty point guard," Tim Floyd said. "He can really shoot the ball from the perimeter and has a great feel for running a team and getting his teammates easy baskets. We really like the fact that he has won at a high level, as he captured a 5A state championship in Texas last season.
"Tim brings elite athleticism to our program. He has great size for a perimeter player and a non-stop motor. He comes from a strong program in Norcross High School in Georgia as well as a great post-grad program at Hargrave. Tim has a lot of intangibles and the ability to create his own shot." Floyd added.
The 5'10 Barrett started his prep career at Dallas Skyline High School, where he was coached by former Washington State head coach Paul Graham. He earned first team All-District honors as a sophomore for a district championship team. Barrett is rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com.
Deon has a very high basketball IQ," said Lancaster High School head coach Ferrin Douglas. "He is really, really fast and athletic for his size and can shoot the ball extremely well. He can run a team too."
Cameron was a member of the 2013 state championship team, 2014 state Final Four team and 2015 state Elite Eight team at Norcross High School. He collected 14 points, seven rebounds and 4.5 assists per game a year ago. Cameron was an Atlanta Tip-Off Club All-Metro Team member, All-Region, All-County by the Gwinnett Daily Post and a Gwinnett County All-Star selection last season. He scored over 1,000 points at Norcross. Cameron is also regarded as a three-star prospect by Rivals.
"Tim is one of the most explosive guards in the country," said Hargrave Military Academy coach A.W. Hamilton. "He is extremely skilled and can make an immediate impact for coach Floyd and UTEP. He is not only one of the best athletes in the country, but also one of the best young men. He carries a 4.0 core GPA and is becoming an outstanding leader."
Cameron is doing a post grad year for basketball development purposes and has already been accepted into UTEP on the academic side.
With both of UTEP's available 2016 scholarships filled, UTEP can always add another signee in the late period in April if needed.