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UTEP Basketball: Christian Romine to Transfer from UTEP

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UTEP assistant coach Bob Cantu confirmed last night to collegehoopswatch.com that a member of the men's basketball team would be transferring. Today rumors say it could be Christian Romine.

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UPDATE April 6th, 6:30 PM MDT

Christian Romine verified he will transfer via Twitter.

Original Report

According 600 ESPN El Paso's Steve Kaplowitz, sources confirmed to him that Christian Romine will be transferring from UTEP. The reasons for Romine's transfer are unclear, but assuming it is true, it would open up a scholarship for this upcoming season, leaving the Miners with two spots to fill.

Romine came to UTEP as a 3 star prospect out of Mahomet, IL, and boasted an impressive resume. However, things didn't exactly pan out during his freshman campaign, as hear appeared in just 14 contests, averaging less than 4 minutes a game.

The departure would open up a scholarship for the Miners, but it would also mean they have lost another big man from already thin unit. Matt Willms is set to return in 2016 from a foot injury that sidelined him a season ago, but beyond that only Terry Winn returns as a true big with game experience.

USC graduate transfer Katin Reinhardt is rumored to be considering UTEP, and would be immediately eligible to play, potentially filling one of the available scholarships, but the 6'6 guard would not fill the Miners' most apparent needs in the front court.

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