By UTA Public Relations Student Myisha Henderson
Junior Edric Dennis Jr. and sophomore Deon Barrett are two transfer students you won't see on the court this year after they transferred to UTA last summer. The pair have reunited after playing together at Skyline High School in Dallas and have known each other since elementary school.
"You can tell they have played together before. There's good communication and they complement each other really well," said Mavericks head coach Scott Cross.
Dennis went to Jackson State before deciding to return home to attend UT Arlington. He commented that he enjoyed his time there and feels like he grew as a player. Barrett shakes his head in agreement and says he noticed a huge difference in his skills right away.
Barrett transferred from UT El Paso. He is impressed by UT Arlington's athletic department and eager to play on the court.
When asked what it was like getting to play together again after going to separate colleges, both replied that they were impressed by each other's improvement. It was obvious that they both worked hard to become stronger players.
Athletic talent seems to run in the family for both players. Barrett's younger brother plays sports as well. Barrett says he has that same passion for sports, in particular coaching and training.
"It's awesome to be able to come home to play and to experience activities with my family," said Barrett.
Dennis Jr's older brother, Chris Lee, plays professional basketball overseas and has been a big inspiration for him. Although Lee is usually busy and far away, the brothers still manage to get in a game or two when he visits.
These two transfers share more than just a passion for basketball. When it comes to food, it is easy to notice the topic is one they each enjoy. Barrett likes finding new restaurants and dishes through social media and the pair tends to try out new places together. They name Dallas restaurants Sweet Georgia Brown, Griff's, Rudy's Chicken and Aunt Irene's Kitchen as their all-time favorites.
"Oh, he's never wrong when it comes to food," Dennis Jr. said of his longtime friend.
Dennis Jr. is a business major and, in addition to sports, he takes his academic career seriously. After college, he aspires to enter into the stock market and trucking industry and participating in his family's business.
"My dad has a fire restoration company and I see the impact it has on the community, especially after natural disasters," he said.
Barrett is a communication major who wants to use his talents to coach and mentor kids and teenagers.
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