Barbee wasn't on Cass long but his pursuit was intense after seeing him early in the fall. "UTEP actually got involved early in pre-season conditioning," Cass said. "It was an open gym and they came through to watch Papa Dia and they found me.
Cass, an explosive player who spent a lot of time inside as a high schooler, has always wanted to expand his game. To his credit, he's worked diligently on becoming a more perimeter oriented player and has shown steady improvement during the last year and a half.
"That's coming along pretty well. I'm shooting it more consistent and my dribbling has gotten better. Coach Chillious is letting me play my game and I'm getting better every day."
So is UTEP's 2007 recruiting class and its got Cass fired up to be a Miner.
"I know Randy Culpepper and I've seen him play the past few years. I like his style of play and the way the coaches talked about (Kirkland), I was liking that. We can have a tremendous class and a tremendous team. We should be able to do some damage."