Flannigan commits to UNT

Armani Flannigan, a 6-8 power forward from Central Wyoming College, confirmed late Sunday night that has has orally committed to UNT.

Flannigan averaged 14.2 points and 6.6 rebounds a game as a sophomore and was named second-team All-Region IX.

Flannigan visited UNT over the weekend and left to return to Wyoming on Sunday afternoon. He confirmed in a text message that he had told UNT’s coaches that he would continue his career at the school and said that he would sign a national letter of intent in the next few days.

Flannigan will join a recruiting class that also includes three high school players who signed with UNT during the early signing period. Greg Wesley, a forward from Arlington Seguin, Tony Nunn, a center from Oldsmar Christian in Florida, and Josh Friar, a power forward from Kingwood, rounded out UNT’s early signing class.

The addition of Flannigan is a vital one for UNT, which is set to return just one player over 6-6 next season in backup center Keith Coleman as it makes the move to Conference USA.

Flannigan scored in double figures in all but five of the 25 games he played last season and scored at least 25 points twice in February. He scored 26 in a loss to Sheridan College and 25 in a win over Little Big Horn College.

Flannigan shot 56.4 percent from the floor on the season.

Flannigan appears as if he will address UNT’s need for a post with experience. The Mean Green lost two key forwards in Tony Mitchell and Roger Franklin after last season. Mitchell declared for the NBA draft, while Franklin was a senior.

UNT tried to address its needs in the paint in the fall signing period, but JUCO forward Anthony Norris and JUCO center Arthur Casimiro both dropped out of school.

The loss of both Mitchell and Franklin was part of what will be an off-season of change for the Mean Green. UNT lost three other seniors in addition to Franklin in Niko Stojiljkovic and a pair of players whose senior seasons were cut short by injury — Jacob Holmen and Justin Patton.

Guards P.J. Hardwick and Clarke Overlander also decided to leave the program in the days after UNT lost to Louisiana-Lafayette in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference tournament.

Despite those departures, UNT appears set in the backcourt with the return of leading scorer Jordan Williams, starting point guard Chris Jones and combo guard Alzee Williams. Brandan Walton, a key 3-point threat, will also be back after breaking his foot in UNT’s season-opener and spending the season as a redshirt. Marquette transfer T.J. Taylor will also be eligible after sitting out last season.

UNT is hoping Flannigan will help the Mean Green rebound from a disappointing campaign that saw the Mean Green finish 12-20 after being picked to win the league’s West Division title in its first season under Tony Benford.

UNT lost to Alabama-Huntsville, a Division II school, and was swept by Louisiana-Monroe, which finished 4-23 on the season.

UNT is headed to Conference USA next season, when the the Mean Green will face an even tougher schedule in a new league.

Flannigan committed on Sunday to try to help make that transition a successful one.

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