An exciting new season for UTEP basketball

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Special to the Prospector

Tim Floyd, UTEP men's basketball head coach.

Tim Floyd, Special to the Prospector

Dear UTEP students,
Basketball season is right around the corner! I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all your support last season and invite you back for another exciting season of UTEP Hoops.
Our student support was incredible last year! You played a major role in our team finishing 13-3 at home with three losses by a total of eight points, including to NCAA Tournament teams UNLV and Memphis.
This year we’re shooting for continued success in the Don Haskins Center, and our home court advantage will be more essential than ever with the Conference USA Tournament coming to El Paso on March 11-15.
We have a veteran team returning, with five of our top seven scorers and our top four rebounders back from last year’s 18-win squad.  Our top returnees are Julian Washburn (third team All-Conference USA & C-USA All-Defensive Team a year ago), John Bohannon, McKenzie Moore, Cedrick Lang and C.J Cooper.  We should have an excellent frontcourt with Washburn, Bohannon and Lang joining newcomers Vince Hunter (top-100 recruit) and Matt Willms (7’1”).  If the backcourt stabilizes it should be a great year for UTEP basketball.
As always, we need you to be our “Sixth Man” in the stands for every home game starting with our season opener versus Loyola New Orleans on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7:05 p.m.
If you’d like a sneak peek at this year’s squad, I invite you to our free Orange & White Scrimmage this Saturday at 6 p.m. The team will be signing complimentary schedule posters after the game!
And don’t forget to sign up for our student support group, the Miner Maniacs, for special privileges at the games. Our Miner Maniacs Tip-Off Party will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 6-8 p.m. in the Haskins Center and you can sign up there!
On behalf of UTEP basketball, thank you for the role that you play in our team’s success, and I’m looking forward to seeing the best student section in the United States in action again soon!

Go Miners!