Alabama State transfer Egi Gjikondi talks about upcoming visit to UNT

Egi Gjikondi, a former Boston area high school standout who spent one season as a redshirt at Alabama State, will take an official visit to UNT beginning Wednesday.

Gjikondi played for ABCD Academy, a prep school in Dallas, for a year.

“They just contacted me and my coaches,” Gjikondi said of UNT’s staff Friday afternoon. “They are really interested. They need someone at my position.”

Bart Lundy and head coach Tony Benford have been heavily involved in recruiting Gjikondi

Gjikondi is a power forward with a face-up game. He’s similar in terms of his game to Zach Peters, the former Kansas forward UNT pursued who ended up signing with Arizona.

Gjikondi, who is 6-8, appears to be Plan B.

Gjikondi said that UNT’s coaches have told him that they plan on using him in a manner similar to that of Tony Mitchell, who played multiple spots for the Mean Green.

Gjikondi is looking for somewhere he can make an immediate impact.

“I have been looking for the right fit and somewhere I feel comfortable,” Gjikondi said. “The coaches at North Texas have been talking to me for the last three weeks and have been telling me about the school.”

The fact that UNT is in a metropolitan area is a factor that will play in its favor, especially after Gjikondi spent time at Alabama State.

“I want to go somewhere it is about family,” Gjikondi said. “I have been to Dallas and like the area. I am a city kid. I want to go somewhere big.”

Appalachian State, Providence, Kansas State and several mid-major schools have all showed interest in Gjikondi.

Gjikondi has not yet set up any additional visits. If he does, they would likely come right after his visit to UNT. He is scheduled to fly out Thursday afternoon.

If Gjikondi feels comfortable with the situation at UNT, there is a chance he will commit on his visit.

Stay tuned.

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