Central Wyoming coach — UNT landed elite athlete in Flannigan

I’ve been trying for days and finally got a hold of Central Wyoming coach Shelby Lindley late tonight to talk about Armani Flannigan, who committed to UNT today.

That’s the way these things work sometimes. Once you get the news, everyone is OK to talk. I should get Flannigan on the phone in the next day or so.

What really stood out about what Lindley had to say is that he believes the 6-7 forward is one of the elite athletes in junior college basketball.

“Armani is very athletic, changes the game in a lot of ways and shoots it well,” Lindley said. “He’s a good rebounder and is one of the most athletic kids in junior college.”

UNT head coach Tony Benford and assistant David Anwar have been recruiting Flannigan for quite a while, according to Lindley, who said the relationship they developed with him paid off.

Lindley said that Washington State, Oklahoma and Nebraska all showed interest at one point or another, but dropped off because of the relationship UNT’s coaches had built with Flannigan.

Flannigan is a low post to mid-range player. He scored in the blocks for Central Wyoming and can shoot the ball out to 17 feet. He’s not going to shoot the 3. He sounds a little like Jacob Holmen with more of a post-up game and a little less range.

Flannigan was overlooked coming out Rockford, Ill., according to Lindley, and has improved in junior college, especially when it comes to his strength.

Lindley also said Flannigan is a high-character guy.

“He is an unbelievable kid,” Lindley said. “He’s a gym rat.”

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