The story on UNT hoops target Carrington Ward

Carrington Ward, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Palm Beach State in Florida, has been linked to UNT in the last few days.

I made a couple of calls and spoke this afternoon with Palm Beach State assistant Ben Servidio.

Servidio said that Ward has committed to UNT and will likely sign with the Mean Green during the late signing period, as long as he can work through his eligibility situation. Ward spent just one season in junior college. Ward is from Philadelphia and is back at home trying to make sure that he is eligible to transfer to UNT and have three years of eligibility.

“North Texas is the school he’s most interested in,” Servidio said. “If his grades are right, he could have three years of eligibility remaining. He is going through the process now. He’s looking to get cleared.”

Ward averaged 13.0 points and shot 47.6 percent from 3-point range as a freshman last season. He scored at least 20 points in five games.

“Carrington is deadly in the open floor,” Servidio said. “He’s a streaky shooter, can light a team up and is a good ball-handler and a good pick-and-roll guy.”

UNT head coach Tony Benford and assistant David Anwar went to Florida on multiple occasions during the season to see Ward play.

“He told those guys that UNT is where he wants to be,” Servidio said. “He’s going to have the green light. He likes the situation at UNT because those guys told him he will be the guy there.”

Ward is from Philadelphia, but ended up playing his first season in college at Palm Beach after catching the eye of head coach George Estes, who was in town to scout another player.

UNT returns Jordan Williams, a 6-foot-6 guard who led the team in scoring at 14.2 points a game, in addition to several of its other key backcourt players. Alzee Williams averaged 11.1 points a game, Chris Jones missed nearly half the season with a broken foot, but posted 9.2 points a game while starting at the point guard spot when he was healthy. Backup point guard P.J. Hardwick averaged 3.7 points a game.

UNT will also have Brandan Walton back next season. Walton was lost for the season when he broke his foot in UNT’s season-opener. He averaged 8.8 points a game and shot 36.7 percent from 3-point range as a junior. UNT missed Walton’s ability to stretch a defense throughout the season.

If Ward ends up at UNT, he could help the Mean Green improve its 3-point shooting that was one of its biggest issues last season with Walton out. UNT ranked No. 336 nationally and last in the Sun Belt in 3-point shooting at 28.5 percent.

All signs point to Ward signing with UNT. The only question now is if he will eligible to head to Denton after just one season in junior college.

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