Tavarius Shine to visit UNT, coach says forward isn’t flashy, but very talented

MacArthur's Tavarius Shine, top, reaches around to grab the ball from Irving's Nick Webb during a game against Irving in 2011. Shine is expected to visit UNT in the next few days. (The Dallas Morning News/ Andy Jacobsohn)

North Texas has multiple spots left in its 2013 recruiting class and is looking at Dallas-area wing Tavarius Shine to fill one of those slots.

The 6-5 Irving MacArthur standout is expected to visit UNT in the next few days.

“He is a 3-4 hybrid [small forward/power forward] who plays on the wing a lot,” Irving MacArthur head coach Toby Martin said. “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.”

Shine scored 41 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked nine shots in a game against Grapevine earlier this season.

He was a first-team All-District 6-5A selection last season.

Utah State and UTA are also recruiting Shine. Martin said he talked to the coaches at Utah State today.

“His recruitment has been all over the place,” Martin said. “I don’t know why he has not been recruited more highly. He gives us 15 and shoots a high percentage every night. He is really, really good player.”

Martin said that Shine has range that extends beyond the 3-point arc and showed that aspect of his game earlier in the season before focusing on his strength as a mid-range scorer.

Shine played the point earlier in his high school career before moving to the wing the last two years.

“He makes a lot of solid basketball plays,” Martin said. “The knock on him is that he is not overly flashy, but that is what I like about him. He makes really good basketball decisions.”

Shine is rated No. 85 on TexasHoops.com’s list of the top players in the state.

I should be able to get in touch with Shine in the next few days. Check back for more.

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