UTEP men’s basketball adds first transfer during offseason


Courtesy of North Alabama athletics and Joseph Romans

North Alabama sophomore guard Christian Agnew looks to shoot over Jacksonville defender in win Jan. 2.

Michael Cuviello, Sports Editor

North Alabama sophomore guard Christian Agnew has committed to UTEP according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein. Agnew is 6-2, 190-pound native of Detroit that will have two seasons of athletic eligibility remaining.

In two seasons for the North Alabama Lions, Agnew has averaged 12 points a game, while shooting 40% from the floor and 31% from 3-point line. He is a two-year starter for the Lion program that went 13-17 this season. Much like UTEP, the Lions were bounced from its conference tournament in the first round.

Making the Atlantic Sun Conference All-Freshman team during the 2018-2019 season, Agnew was the second leading scorer on the team. Agnew improved in every major statistical category as a sophomore but made the most progress in 3-point shooting, going from a 27% shooter to 35%. As a sophomore this season, Agnew lead the team in scoring with 12.8 points per contest and was a defensive presence leading the team with 1.6 steals a game.

Agnew was a four-year letterman at Glenn High School in Westland, Michigan played at Taylor Made Prep Academy in Pensacola, Florida. Having played both point and shooting guard, Agnew has some versatility as a backcourt player for a Miner team depleted at the position.

Head Coach Rodney Terry has bemoaned the poor guard play and needs for a true point man all season, though Agnew’s history does not show him to be a great ball distributor. It seems that the team will be still be looking high and low for a needed playmaker.

Michael Cuviello may be reached at Prospector @utep.edu