November 14, 2007

UTEP stands in between A&M and New York


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Victor Ramalho

DeAndre Jordan

PPG: 5.0 RPG: 5.5 FG%: 50

Senior center Victor Ramalho is one of three returning starters for the Miners and averaged four points and 3.7 rebounds per game last season. The 6-foot-9, 255-pounf Brazilian native is a big body that won't allow the Aggies to push him around in the post. Ramalho isn't known for his scorer, but rather his work on the boards and his defensive capabilities around the rim.

PPG: 12.0 RPG: 5.0 FG%: 84.6

True freshman DeAndre Jordan had a better game against Oral Roberts despite much better frontcourt opposition than against McNeese State. He had another 12 points, but upped his rebound total to eight in just 23 minutes. Jordan gets most of his points off offensive rebounds, but Ramalho knows how to block opponents out. Jordan, however, is just too athletic.
Tavaris Watts

Joseph Jones

PPG: 6.5 RPG: 5.5 APG: 2.5

Junior forward Tavaris Watts sat out last season after transferring from Hillsborough Community College, but was highly regarded as the Miners' best post player in practice. Watts is already logging a lot of minutes in the post and is steady on the score sheet and on the boards. He also doesn't get into foul trouble often. That will be put to the test against A&M's frontcourt.

PPG: 12.0 RPG: 3.5 FG%: 61.5

The start to Joseph Jones' senior campaign has gone well. He's scored in double figures every time out and is A&M's go-to guy on the offensive end. Inside the paint he's been his normal physical self, but it looks as if he has been more athletic and that his knees are healthier. Jones also gets a lot of help from the presence of Jordan, Bryan Davis or Junior Elonu in the post.