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UTEP Basketball: Deon Barrett announces intent to transfer

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Freshman guard Deon Barrett took to Twitter this afternoon to announce he will be transferring from the UTEP basketball program.

Barrett played in 31 games last season as a freshman, scoring a career high 25 points on seven made 3-pointers on the road against New Mexico.

The Lancaster, Texas native struggled with his shot during C-USA play, but was a key part defensively off the bench. His outburst at New Mexico netted him C-USA Freshman of the Week honors.

Prior to UTEP he was back-to-back Texas Class 5A state titles, and is one of the winngest players to play high school basketball in state history.

Additionally, sources tell Miner Rush that walk-on forward Ivan Venegas will also transfer at the end of the school year which ends this week.