On Monday, Claude Britten, a 6-foot-10 native of Louisiana, pledged to Barbee's program. He also had an offer from South Florida which recently fired its basketball coach.
UTEP moved swiftly and locked down the big center that plays at Genesis One but attended Southern Lab in Baton Rouge the previous season.
"They needed a big man and I think I can step right in," Britten said. "I liked the coach and they thought they could get me to the next level."
Britten will be ready to rock once he hits campus. "I'm a little bit like Shaq but I can step back and shoot the jumper. I play hard on defense and offense."