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NL-Spicer guard to further hoops career at UTPA

New London-Spicer senior Jayme Moten was the point guard on the Wildcats' Class AA state championship team last winter. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

After being part of a Class AA state championship basketball team last winter, Jayme Moten struck gold again.

The New London-Spicer senior guard signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for the University of Texas-Pan American.

Moten also played quarterback on the Wildcats' Class AAA state football championship team his junior year.

The 5-foot-11 mercurial point guard averaged 11.5 points, 4.1 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game last season. He also shot 43 percent from three-point range and 77.2 percent from the free-throw line as the Wildcats went 16-0 in the West Central North Conference and beat Crosby-Ironton 62-52 in the state championship game at Target Center in Minneapolis.

Moten scored 19 points in the championship game and was named the Class AA tournament Most Valuable Player.

"Jayme is a dynamic player and person," said NLS coach Chad Schmiesing, currently the head coach after serving as an assistant last season. "He has a tremendous love for the game and finds joy in all aspects of it. His leadership qualities on the floor, matched with his quickness and shooting ability, are the qualities that separate him from others."

Messages left for Moten were not returned.

UTPA is a Division I school located in Edinburg, Texas. The Broncs went 6-27 last season and are currently 1-4 this season. The Broncs play in the seven-team Great West Conference with the University of South Dakota, the University of North Dakota, Houston Baptist, New Jersey Institute, Utah Valley and Chicago State.

"Jayme is a pure point guard who can also play off the ball because of his shooting range," said UTPA head coach Ryan Marks. "His motor is always running and he has displayed an uncanny propensity for winning big games. They key ingredient in the formula for both (NLS) state championship teams was Jayme Moten."

UTPA also signed Delano forward Michael Yahnke. The Moten and Yahnke signing end the early signings period. Any future signees for the 2011-12 season will occur during the next signing window in April.