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UTEP Basketball: 2017 point guard Evan Gilyard verbally commits to UTEP

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Tim Floyd grabbed a commitment from a Chicago point guard.

Fresh off his official visit earlier in the week when he officially committed, Chicago point guard Evan Gilyard announced his verbal commitment to UTEP on Friday morning.

Gilyard, 5'9, is rated as a three-star prospect by Scout, ESPN, and 247Sports, and had offers from Rhode Island, Southern Illinois, and Dayton. He also drew interest from Texas, and Georgetown during his recruiting process.

A savvy point guard, who has been described as a pesky defender, Gilyard gives UTEP three verbal commits for the class of 2017, plus a Prop 48 prospect who is already on campus.

A lefty, Gilyard averaged 13.5 points and 3.2 assists per game while shooting 49 percent from three-point range last season as a junior.

Gilyard enters his senior year with loaded Simeon Career Academy who plays in one of the top Public School leagues in all of the country.