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UTEP lands JuCo guard Jacob Thomas

Tim Floyd

UTEP coach Tim Floyd reacts watches during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Tulane in New Orleans, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

AP’s Jeff Goodman sent out a tweet Monday afternoon that UTEP has landed junior college guard Jacob Thomas as part of their 2013 recruiting class.

Howard, who will have two seasons remaining after his sophomore campaign at Howard (Texas) Junior College this year, averaged 14 points per game for Howard as a freshman.

For coach Tim Floyd, he’s the first recruit of the Miners’ 2013 class.

It’s a solid get for Floyd. But one he could use right now. The Miners lost three of their top for scorers from last season’s 15-17 team.

Floyd is also set to lose senior guard Jaques Streeter after this season. Streeter averaged 7.2 points and 3.1 rebounds as a junior, but he also led UTEP with 140 assists (4.3 per game) and that’s where I’d expect Floyd to put Thomas when he makes it campus.

David Harten is the editor of The Backboard Chronicles. You can follow him on Twitter at @David_Harten.