UTEP dismisses Thomas, Wainwright, Alvin, Jones

Updated: May 30, 2007, 3:27 PM ET
Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas -- Three part-time starters were among four players dismissed by Texas-El Paso coach Tony Barbee, who is preparing for his second season with six new signees.

Maurice Thomas and Malik Alvin each started 20 of the Miners' 31 games, and Thomas, a sophomore, was the third-leading scorer and rebounder at 9.4 points and 5.4 rebounds. Alvin, a freshman, averaged 8 points and led the team with 137 assists (4.4 per game).

Dale Vanwright, a freshman, started 14 games and averaged six points and 3.7 rebounds. Franklin Jones was a freshman taking his redshirt season.

"I want all my players to share my vision of what a student-athlete should be -- academically, athletically and socially,"' said Barbee, who announced the dismissals Tuesday.

Two of Barbee's signees are from Memphis, Tenn., where he served as an assistant under Memphis coach John Calipari.


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