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Miners Add Lamar Norman Jr. to Backcourt Mix For 2018-19

UTEP added to its men’s basketball recruiting class on Monday, as Lamar Norman Jr. signed a national letter of intent to join the Miners for the 2018-19 campaign.

“He will remind our fans a lot of Omega [Harris],” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said. “He’s a terrific, terrific athlete and a great leaper. He’ll be in the running for Mr. Basketball in the state of Michigan. His team won the state title. He’s a great athlete who can really score it. We’re losing some perimeter players this year with Jake Flaggert, Keith Frazier and Omega Harris, all critical guys. So we’ve concentrated on that area, and we’re going to have to concentrate on a couple of bigs in the spring.”

A 6-3, 175-pound point guard, Norman is a senior at Godwin Heights High School in Grand Rapids, Mich. He is rated the 10th-best player in the state of Michigan by 247Sports. He averaged 21.2 points per game as a junior, garnering Black Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) Class B All-State honors. He has led Godwin Heights to a 68-7 record over the last three seasons, including three conference and district titles and the 2015 state championship. Norman has started the last two years after serving as the team’s Sixth Man as a freshman. He has averaged 19 points, eight rebounds, 4.5 assists and three steals during his prep career. Norman is a three-time All-Conference and two-time All-Area player and made the Grand Rapids Dream Team as a junior.

“Lamar is a great kid,” Godwin Heights coach Tyler Whittemore said. “On the court, he’s very explosive. He’s athletic. He plays above the rim offensively and defensively. He’s really exciting to watch. He can score inside and out. He is always a threat to put up big numbers.”

Norman joins Jacob Eyman, Avery Martinez and Teddy Ochieng as the Miners’ November signees.