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Serrano joins Greyhound fold


June 30, 2019

PORTALES — As most basketball minds are on the NBA free agency period, with neverending speculation about Kawhi, KD and Kyrie, there was a hoops happening of note on the local scene.

The Eastern New Mexico men’s basketball team announced a JUCO transfer signing from the Golden State — in this case 6-7 guard Jose Serrano from Chula Vista, California’s Southwestern College.

Serrano, though, only comes to Portales via California. Actually, he is originally from Barinas, Venezuela. Serrano is now the sixth addition this offseason to be secured for Segler’s 2019-20 team that begins play in November.

Segler is known to bubble with excitement, enthusiasm and optimism, and the Serrano signing was no exception.

“Jose Serrano being a part of our ENMU Basketball Family is a huge success,” Segler said. “We have recruited Jose for a great deal of time and we have built a really strong relationship with him. Jose is a special young man. He is the rare combination of size, athleticism and high character that we look for when we recruit for our Greyhound family. Jose has been working his whole life for an opportunity to finish his degree and play high-level collegiate basketball, and we are blessed that he decided to be a Greyhound.”

Serrano burst onto the junior college basketball scene in 2017-18 as a freshman at Southwestern College, averaging 14.0 points per game while shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 32.9 percent from three-point range. He was also active on defense, averaging 7.6 rebounds per game.

Serrano’s play early on in his collegiate career earned him an invite to the Mullen’s Top 100 Camp, a showcase geared toward showcasing the country’s top junior college recruits.

Serrano appeared in 10 games as sophomore campaign before suffering a season-ending injury. He had proven himself as one of the top junior college prospects in California prior to that injury, averaging 13.7 points and 6.9 rebounds.

“We feel like Jose will impact our team on the perimeter as a scoring wing, and at his size and strength we feel that he will be a unique force in the Lone Star Conference,” Segler said.

Serrano’s versatility and length at the guard position figure to compliment a talented Greyhounds backcourt well as Segler also returns Second -Team All-LSC performer Devin Pullum, Isaiah Murphy while bringing in newly-signed guards Idn Zaid and Brandon Meadows.

“Jose’s high basketball IQ is truly special,” Segler said. “He learned the game from his father and his family in Venezuela, and you can tell that his craftiness and thinking ability translates to his success on the floor. At 6-7, Jose is a physical force, and I think you will see from his highlight clips that he imposes his will at all times on those trying to defend him.”


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