Prior to UTA:
Comes to UTA as a walk-on from Mountain View College in Dallas...led team in blocked shots in 2009-10...attended Brigham Young out of high school but did not play basketball.
Born Oct. 10, 1985...son of Sam and Leslie Francis...completed a two-year Mormon Mission in Spokane, Wash., during his time at BYU...home schooled during high school years...also played soccer and ran cross country...an all-conference all-academic team member last year at Mountain View.
MBB: Late-Game Defense Pushes Mavs to 81-71 Win
MBB: UTA ready for another tough road test
MBB: Neal 3-Pointer lifts UTA past Georgia State
MBB: Key weekend in Georgia for UTA hoops
MBB: Mavs Motor into First with 71-55 Win
MBB: Defending Sun Belt champs visit Mavericks