Meet The Miners: Freshman PG Evan Gilyard

El Paso, TX - The UTEP Miners needed backcourt help, and they got it.  Yesterday, we introduced you to point guard Kobe Magee, today, let's welcome freshman point guard Evan Gilyard.  The 5-10, 160-pound guard was either a 2.5 star or 3-star prospect coming out of highly ranked Simeon Career Academy in Chicago, the same school that produced NBA stars Derrick Rose and Jabari Parker.

Gilyard was ranked the 9th best point guard prospect in Illinois, and averaged 17 points and six assists his senior season, leading Simeon to a 29-4 record.  Gilyard won 125 games in his prep career.  He spoke on why he chose UTEP.

"It was the environment. Everybody loves basketball," Gilyard said. "The support system, everybody takes care of the basketball players, and I felt like it was a good situation for me. He told me he was going to put the ball in my hands."

Gilyard also liked the fact that UTEP has several skilled big men already on campus, in Matt Willms, Kelvin Jones, and guard Omega Harris likes to run the floor.

"The bigs rim run. Matt rim runs, Kelvin rim runs, so it's really easy for me to get them the ball. Omega is tough to stop from scoring. He can really put the ball in the basket, so having him on the team, you know you can get a quick bucket with him. It's amazing. I'm just excited to get on the court and play with them."

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