April 12, 2010

Sterns asks for release from UTEP

With the recent coaching change at UTEP, Waxahachie High School senior Jamison Sterns has decided to seek other options and not play college basketball for the Miners.

Sterns said he asked for his release from the El Paso program over the weekend. The 6-foot, 210-pound point guard said that while he liked new UTEP coach Tim Floyd, the two had different agendas.

Jamison Sterns
"He [Floyd] and I weren't on the same page, so I've decided to go elsewhere," Sterns said. "There are no hard feelings; it's just a business situation. I think I should go elsewhere."

Former UTEP coach Tony Barbee was named the new head coach at Auburn late last month. Barbee led the Miners to a 26-7 record, and the team won the Conference USA regular-season title and advanced to the NCAA tournament.

Sterns said he has re-opened his recruiting and is considering UAB, Tulane, Illinois, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Nebraska and Kennesaw State. As good as Sterns was on the basketball court, he was equally talented on the football field as a running back. He's received football interest from Nebraska, Kansas, Tulsa and Texas Tech.

"Wherever I go, I'm looking for good coaching," Sterns said. "I'm looking for someone who will get me better, someone who can get me to the next level."

On the basketball court, Sterns averaged 23.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists during his senior season. On the football field, he rushed for 670 yards and a team-high 15 touchdowns during the regular season. He averaged almost nine yards per carry.

Sterns said he wants to finalize a decision in the next couple of weeks.

Damon Sayles is the senior writer at Texashoops.com

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