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Spight ready for the challenge

Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 14:06

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Veronica Enriquez / The Prospector

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Veronica Enriquez / The Prospector

A native from Southern California, guard Andre Spight, is one of five new freshman from the 2013 recruiting class added to the UTEP men’s basketball roster.

Spight made his start at Burbank High School, but transferred to Pasadena High School his senior year. He wanted to get more playing time in front of college scouts.

 Standing at 6’3, and weighing in at 160 pounds, Spight is an offensive powerhouse. He was ranked no. 18 in California, and is the no. 46 shooting guard in the country, as stated on to 247sports.com

The three-star recruit is expected to give UTEP more ball control and shots at the basket. 

Q: What are your impressions of UTEP and El Paso?

A: I think both are really great. I was not expecting to be welcomed the way I was but everyone is really respectful and nice to me, and I like that.

 

Q: What do you think of the UTEP program and what ultimately helped you make your decision to play at UTEP?

A: What brought me here was the history of the school. I have watched the movie “Glory Road” many times and it inspired me a lot. I never knew I was going to end up coming to El Paso, but it was a good move. The coaching staff has a lot of NBA experience and that drew me.

 

Q: Are you excited to play for UTEP?

A: Yes, I am very excited. I have never played in a big stadium like the Don Haskins Center and I never got to play for a program that has so much history.

 

Q: What were your first impressions of  head coach Tim Floyd?

A: I met him in the summer time, and my first impression of him was that he was very supportive guy. He is really serious about his job.

 

Q: What are your impressions of your new teammates a week into meeting them?

A: My teammates are funny. They are really funny. They are good guys. They are good supporting. Everybody is supportive, very nice and helpful.

 

Q: Where do you fit into the team and what do you bring to the court?

A: My game is all around. I like to defend. I like to play offense. But I have never really had a defense strength coach until my senior year in high school, so I think that is what brought me to El Paso, my defensive mind set.

 

Q: What do you feel is your natural position on the court?

 A: I have played shooting guard my whole life, but my senior year I became a point guard. So I am a combo guard, in between.

 

Q: What are your thoughts about the 2013-2014 Conference USA Championship Tournament being held at UTEP? Does that add more pressure to your first season as a Miner?

A: No, it does not put more pressure. I just have to elevate my game better and it will help me be a better basketball player in front of people. I get to show my talents and I am glad that the Conference Championships are here.

 

Q: What is your main focus for this summer?

A: My main focus is just to get better every day, to get stronger. I am in the weight room every day. I want to help better my shot and better my defense, and just be a better person. 

 

Q: Anything you want to say to the UTEP fans?

A: We are going to try our best. We are going to get back to the tournament, and we are going to push ourselves, try hard everyday and get better.

Audrey Westcott may be reached at the prospector@utep.edu.

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