McKenzie Moore is a 6-6, 190-lb point guard in the similar form of former UTEP Miner Julyan Stone. That has to make Miner basketball fans very happy.
"McKenzie has the ability to shoot it, and he has the ability to get the ball in the lane. He is a pass-first guard who has great length and should be a great defender in addition to being a guy who is going to make other players better," said coach Tim Floyd said.
Moore transferred from the College of San Francisco, and has been with the UTEP program since the early spring.
"I didn't play much in high school until my sophomore or junior year," he said. "I committed to Saint Mary's [Calif.]. I had some trouble getting into school, so I went in another direction. I was going to go to Texas, but that didn't work out either. I had to go to junior college. Coach Floyd and coach [Phil] Johnson gave me a call and said they wanted me here. This is a great program and we're just trying to bring everything back."
The Pleasant Hills, Calif. native won't be eligible to play for the Miners until December. In the meantime, he's honing his skills, continuing to develop an all-around game.
"I just make people around me better," Moore said of his skill set. "I pass the ball and see the floor well. I get people good shots. Right now I'm working on my post game, so I can score more efficiently and consistently."