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Hart's Lewis Stallworth commits to UTEP

Posted: January 5, 2014 8:37 p.m.
Updated: January 5, 2014 8:37 p.m.

Hart senior guard Lewis Stallworth verbally committed to the University of Texas at El Paso on Sunday.

 

Hart senior guard Lewis Stallworth issued a verbal commitment to the University of Texas at El Paso on Sunday.

Stallworth was recruited by the school this past weekend at the College of the Canyons Showcase tournament.

Next winter, he’ll begin playing for a UTEP team coached by Tim Floyd, who is a former head coach of USC basketball and multiple NBA teams.

“I talked to him multiple times and it seems like he knows what he’s doing as far as getting players to the next level from college,” Stallworth said.

Stallworth was part of the most prolific guard combination in the Foothill League last year playing alongside Myles Franklin.

As a junior, Stallworth averaged 18 points and was named to The Signal’s All-Santa Clarita Valley first team.

He’s also gained exposure by playing for the Aim High travel ball team created by former NBA star Kenny Smith.

Stallworth had previously received an offer from Seton Hall in June and he said he was talking with a few other schools on the West Coast.

With the all-important Foothill League play opening up on Jan. 14, he chose to jump on the UTEP offer.

“I just didn’t want to have the added weight on my shoulders to have to play and impress scouts and all that,” Stallworth said. “I just wanted to go out and play well for my team.”

Though he’s primarily a shooting guard for Hart, the senior is being recruited as a point guard for UTEP. Stallworth said he’s played the point position more for his travel team.

UTEP is an NCAA Division I team that competes in Conference USA. The team has made 17 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, most recently in 2010.

“I feel really relieved and blessed,” Stallworth said. “Not many people get to have this opportunity so I really thank God for this opportunity I came out with.”

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