Now is the time to watch and see if Tim Floyd will cull his UTEP basketball roster. Two reasons:
1) He really doesn't look to have an NCAA Tournament-bound team with his present roster.
2) He's been known to cull. First fill the roster (the 13 limit) then go get better guys, when they become available, and find ways to "disappear" some of the earlier signees before fall enrollment.
On 1: Recall three of Floyd's first signees never made it here, including 4-star 6-8 forward Rashanti Harris. Didn't make grades. The two others were the Heat Academy players, Michael Haynes and Desmond Lee. Those were three top talents.
Now the best newcomer is Julian Washburn, who has been enrolled at UTEP but couldn't practice with the team this past season. He's apparently really talented, too. He reportedly had early offers from six Big 12 schools, along with Arizona and others. They apparently backed off when he didn't project academically.
The other newcomers, to go with returnees John Bohannan, Gabe McCulley and Michael Perez aren't highly pedigreed by the recruiting pundits. But you never know. Neither was Tim Hardaway.
On 2: There's no longer the NCAA's "five-and-eight rule." For a few years it limited schools to a maximum of five scholarship freshmen in one year and eight over two years.
At Iowa State years ago, Floyd was known for oversigning, then dumping players if he could get better ones. Some in college basketball called the "five-and-eight" the "Tim Floyd Rule."
Reportedly, Floyd has said he has one roster hole to fill. That means one of the 13 he has now isn't coming back? Who?
There are still some players out there, who'll drift off major-school rosters and such. And there's no more five-and-eight rule. And Tim Floyd, one can be assured, isn't one to build a program with some three- or four-year plan. Recall the Gary Nord (football) six-year plant?