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UTEP Basketball: 2016 Guard Chris Barnes commits to UTEP

UTEP added another member to the class of 2016.

Compton, California guard Chris Barnes announced his commitment to UTEP Monday night.

The 6'3, 180 pound Barnes averaged 12 points per game, and 5.6 rebounds per game in 16 games this past season according to Max Preps for Compton High School.  He earned SoCal Prep Athlete of the Week during his senior year in where he helped Compton to a 19-11 overall record this past season.

Barnes, a consensus 2-star prospect had an offer from Portland State, and brings more athleticism, and a possible defensive stopper in UTEP's back-court

Here is a scouting report snippet on Barnes from

"Barnes is an explosive guard-type who is evolving as a basketball player. His burst off the dribble is special and he can separate from his defender with ease. He can either explode to the rim for the dunk or stop on a dime and nail the jump shot."

In other 2016 recruiting news, JUCO guard and UTEP target Kris Clyburn will announce his college decision tomorrow.

UTEP now has four members for the class of 2016.