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UTEP Basketball: Miners offer, and set official visit with 2017 big man

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UTEP may have found a bruiser in the paint, can they close the deal on his official visit?

Alex Nicolas

According Dinos Trigonis from FullCourtPress.net, 2017 center Jacob Hughes has been offered by Tim Floyd and will visit El Paso on September 9th.

Hughes, a 6'11, 240 pound center is a Rivals 3-star prospect who has played his past two high school seasons at Servite High School in Anaheim, California.

He's averaged 6.6 points per game, and 5.6 rebounds per game in 40 varsity games in the past two seasons, but is expected to make a big production jump heading into his senior year of prep ball.

Playing high level AAU ball the past two summers has raised his recruiting stock and earned offers from Montana, Cal State Fullerton, and Washington State last summer.

UTEP is his latest offer, but Hughes, who only started playing basketball in seventh grade has received Pac-12 interest since his sophomore year of high school.

According to Trigonis, UTEP started showing interest in Hughes a few days ago after his solid showing on the AAU circuit in July.

Tim Floyd vowed to bring in some muscle, or as he described it, "guys with hair on their chest," and Hughes perfectly fits this mold.

His skills, and athleticism maybe raw at this point, but his size could be an intriguing fit, and something UTEP needs in the class of 2017.