UTEP continued to add to an already sensational 2013 basketball recruiting class on Sunday with the announcement that guard Andre Spight has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Miners.
Spight is rated a three-star recruit, the no. 18 player in the state of California and the no. 46 shooting guard in the country by 247sports.com. He is playing his final year of prep ball at Pasadena High School after leading Burbank High in scoring as a junior.
“There was a 48-hour period this summer where I received four calls from four trusted friends in Los Angeles, saying there was a heck of a player from Burbank that we’d better get on immediately,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said. “After watching Andre play with coach Tim Tucker at Pasadena High School this fall, we were sold. He’s a bigger guard at 6-3. He can play either backcourt position. He possesses great range and an uncanny knack for scoring. He has the feet and, with added strength, could be an outstanding defender. Often times numbers don’t transfer from high school to college, but because of the different ways he can get baskets, we think he will score at the college level.”
Spight averaged 22 points, six rebounds and three steals during the 2011-12 season and was rated the top three-point shooter in Southern California by numerous media outlets. The 6-3, 165-pounder scored 28 of Burbank’s 45 points in a 2012 CIF Southern Section Division I-A first round playoff loss to Chino Hills HS.
He also scored 44 points against Bullard High School and 42 versus Mesa [Arizona] High School. A three-year varsity starter, he is a two-time honorable mention All-League pick.
“He’s a talented shooter and a very talented scorer,” Pasadena High School coach Tim Tucker said. “He averaged about 18 points per game this summer. He wants the ball. You can’t beat a kid with that kind of mentality. He’s only going to get better and better. He’s in a program now where he’s surrounded by good players, and he’s learning how to play team basketball. That’s going to be good for him.”