Hoops thoughts, the end of the Charles Walker story

Getting to some basketball thoughts a little later than normal. I worked on the story on UNT’s new special teams coach Tommy Perry late last night.

UNT had a really good night against South Alabama, winning both ends of the doubleheader.

What’s left of the UNT men’s team managed to hang on late for a 66-56 win, while the UNT women rolled to a 67-47 win.

The win was particularly big for the UNT men, who have suffered a terrible string of injuries and appeared to be circling the drain after losing five of six.

UNT led by 21 in the second half before USA came back late. The key was UNT limited Augustine Rubit, one of the Sun Belt’s best players, to 12 points on eight shots. He was averaging 19.7 points a game.

All five of UNT’s starters finished in double figures, which was good. Those are about the only five healthy guys UNT has. P.J. Hardwick played well and had a career-high 14 points.

The UNT women also continued to roll. BreAnna Dawkins posted 16 points and Laura McCoy 15. McCoy has been on a bit of a roll lately and has pushed her scoring average to 10.5 points a game. She is averaging 14.4 points a game in conference play.

At 5-2 in conference play, UNT is a half game in front of Arkansas State in the Sun Belt’s West Division heading into a tough — for the team, but actually quite pleasant if you are along for the ride — trip to Florida for games against Florida Atlantic and Florida International this week.

And on the football recruiting front, everyone had to know this was coming Sooner or later, but Charles Walker, the big and really good defensive tackle from South Garland, committed to Oklahoma over the weekend. UNT got in on him early, he later qualified academically and saw his options blow up. OU also recruited him early in the process and was in a perfect spot to land him.

It’s a familiar story — once a guy like that has the chance to go play in the Big 12, it’s over.