We are closing in on the end of the college basketball season — and with it the late signing period — for high school and junior college players.
UNT signed three high school players during the early signing period that will serve as the basis for a pretty good recruiting class and also picked up commitments from two junior college players — forward Anthony Norris of Midland JC and Arthur Casmiro of San Bernardino (Calif.) Community College.
Coaches from those junior colleges confirmed this morning that both players are no longer part of their programs.
Norris played in a handful of games for Midland this season, but has since left the school.
“He was hurt at the end of the semester and we parted ways with him for academic reasons,” Midland assistant Jeff Mailhot said. “I am guessing is that he is no longer with North Texas.”
Casmiro played for the Brazilian national team at the FIBA U-19 World Championships in 2011, where he played against UNT standout forward Tony Mitchell. The 6-10 center was expected to continue his development while playing for Quincy Brewer at San Bernardino, but has since left and returned home to Brazil.
“Arthur has a bad back and has not been playing this year,” Brewer said. “He did play for us in a few games. He went back to Brazil a month ago.”
UNT has not announced that either Norris or Casmiro has signed a national letter of intent.
Both could sign with UNT in the late signing period or the school could elect to fill the remaining spots in its recruiting class with other players.
UNT has already signed Arlington Seguin forward Greg Wesley, Humble Kingwood forward Josh Friar and Oldsmar Christian (Fla.)center Tony Nunn. ESPN has Nunn ranked No. 58 on its list of the top high school centers in the Class of 2013, while TexasHoops.com has Wesley ranked No. 9 and Friar No. 46 on its list of the top players in the state.
UNT will lose four seniors to graduation this season in starting forward Roger Franklin, backup forward Niko Stojiljkovic and a pair of forwards whose senior seasons were cut short by injury in Jacob Holmen and Justin Patton. Sophomore forward Tony Mitchell is considered a top NBA prospect and has said that he will decide on whether or not to enter his name in the NBA draft after the season.
Hoopscooponline.com ranked UNT’s class No. 28 nationally earlier this year.