UNT will host Irving MacArthur wing Tavarius Shine on an unofficial visit tonight during its game against Florida Atlantic at the Super Pit.
Shine, who is rated No. 85 on TexasHoops.com’s list of the top players in the state, has offers from LIU Brooklyn and James Madison. Utah State and UTA have also shown interest in Shine, who was a first-team All-District 6-5A selection last season, when he averaged 19 points a game.
MacArthur was eliminated from the playoffs just a few days ago.
“I am hopefully going to take all my visits,” Shine said. “I think things will pick up at this point. I didn’t talk to people as much because I wanted to focus on my season.”
Shine said members of the UNT coaching staff have been in touch with his coaches in the past few days.
“North Texas is really interested but has not offered,” Shine said. “I have talked to North Texas a few times. It came back up in the last few weeks, but they have been there all along.
“I don’t know too much about UNT at this point”
The anticipated makeup of UNT’s roster for next season has changed several times over the last few months, and is still in question as the late signing period that begins on April 17 approaches. Senior guard Brandan Walton broke his foot in UNT’s season-opening loss to Creighton and elected to redshirt, which will allow him to return next season.
UNT received commitments from five players in the early signing period, but only announced that three actually signed: Arlington Seguin forward Greg Wesley, Kingwood forward Josh Friar and Oldsmar Christian center Tony Nunn.
UNT also had commitments from Anthony Norris of Midland JC and Arthur Casmiro of San Bernardino (Calif.) Community College. Coaches from both schools confirmed that neither is still enrolled in those schools. Casmiro has gone home to Brazil.
The increased interest UNT has shown in Shine recently could indicate that the Mean Green’s staff is looking to him to help fill the void.
“He is a 3-4 hybrid [small forward/power forward] who plays on the wing a lot,” Irving MacArthur head coach Toby Martin said of Shine. “When we needed a bucket, we tried to get him the ball. He shoots very well. The undervalued part of his game is that he has an old school midrange game.”
Martin said that Shine has range out to the 3-point line.
Shine said the fact that UNT is close to his home in Irving is a positive, but that he would like to take a look at his options before selecting a school where he can capitalize on what he sees as his strengths as a versatile player.
“I can play all five positions in high school and move in and out,” Shine said. “I can shoot the mid-range shot or step out and shoot the 3. Everyone says that I have a really nice shot. I will play the 2-3 [shooting guard-small forward] in college. I like to take smaller players to the post, where I could go to the four [power forward] every now and then.”