UTEP Men’s Basketball Signs Malik Zachery From South Plains College

EL PASO, Texas – Malik Zachery (South Plains College) has signed a national letter of intent to attend UTEP and compete with the men’s basketball team beginning with the 2022-23 season, head coach Joe Golding announced Tuesday.

A brief profile on Zachery and a quote from Golding follow below.

Malik Zachery

6-2, Guard

South Plains College

Syracuse, N.Y.

Accounted for 7.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists while starting 16 of 24 games for South Plains College in 2021-22 … efforts helped the squad go 21-11 and advance to the Sweet 16 of the NJCAA Men’s Basketball National Tournament … compiled eight double-digit scoring efforts on the season … also sported a 2.2 assist-to-turnover ratio … went off for 27 points, 10 boards and five assists in an 81-80 win against Temple College (3/3/22) …tallied 21 points to go along with six dimes against Odessa College (2/21/22) … flirted with a triple-double by stuffing the stat sheet with 13 points, nine assists and eight rebounds at New Mexico Junior College (2/10/22) … notched a double-double with 16 points and 14 assists against Clarendon College (2/14/22) … produced 18 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals against Murray State College (11/8/21) … had 15 points, six helpers, four boards and a pair of steals against Northern Oklahoma College-Enid (11/7/21) … came off the bench to score 11 points while registering eight assists and two steals at Colin County Community College (11/26/21) …  had 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals at New Mexico Military Institute (3/4/22) … previously averaged 8.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game in 2018-19 with Chipola College … compiled 19 points and 10 assists against Pensacola State College (2/20/19) … put up 18 points in addition to six assists and four boards at Northwest Florida State College (2/16/19) … had 17 points, five rebounds and five assists against Roane State Community College (11/9/18) … scored 10 points while posting seven boards and six helpers at Pensacola State College (1/6/19) …nearly recorded a double-double with 10 points and eight boards at Gulf Coast State College (1/19/19) … scored 17 points while adding four rebounds and four assists against Southern University-Shreveport (11/12/18) … racked up 10 assists and nine rebounds against Andrew College (12/1/18) … posted back-to-back contests with at least 10 assists in respective games against Red Devils College (12/11/18) and Southern Union State Community College (12/14/18) … played for West Genesee HS before spending one year at the Commonwealth Academy in Springfield, Mass.

“Malik played at two of the top junior college programs in the country in Chipola and South Plains. He’s a pass-first point guard whose teammates love to play with. He’s a winner and a leader. He’s got a chip on his shoulder, and I’m excited to coach him.”

UTEP head coach Joe Golding

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