I checked in yesterday with the UNT men’s basketball team’s staff and then caught up with a university spokesman today.
Baring a huge surprise, UNT will stand pat with its recruiting class as the signing period comes to an end today.
UNT was really hoping that Zach Peters would sign and provide the team another option and some experience in the post. That plan fell through when the 6-foot-9 forward committed to Arizona.
As I mentioned yesterday, there are still options out there for UNT. There are high school players who could be added late like Kedrick Hogans was in August several years ago. There are also several transfers sitting out there on the market.
UNT has already picked up one transfer in Vertrail Vaughns, a George Mason transfer guard, who Tony Benford and the rest of the staff are really excited about.
So what does UNT have as we hit the end of the signing period?
Here’s a look:
Greg Wesley (6-7, forward) — The steal of the class and a legitimate top 20 player in Texas. UNT sold him on moving into Tony Mitchell’s role after he left for the NBA. UNT will have to hope he is ready to step in and contribute right away.
Vertrail Vaughns (6-2, guard) — The George Mason transfer can shoot it from deep, which was a big need for UNT. He can also play the point, which fills a need after the departure of P.J. Hardwick to Arkansas State. He’s one-and-done at UNT.
Colin Voss (6-7, forward) — JUCO transfer is expected to play a key role in the post after the departure of Mitchell and Roger Franklin, two of UNT’s better rebounders
Armani Flannigan (6-8 forward) — Benford said the JUCO transfer is a great athlete who can run the floor. We will have to see how he fits in, especially since he seems like he has a similar skill set to Wesley.
Tony Nunn (6-9 power forward/center) — A bit of a mystery signing who left prep school and returned to North Carolina after the season and the middle of the school year. He has some injury issues. Could be a key addition if he is healthy and can hold down the middle.
Josh Friar (6-8 forward) –Came off the bench for his high school team and averaged about three points and three rebounds a game. A Big 12 level athlete who will be a project player.
Overall, it’s not bad batch considering UNT really struggled last year. UNT is putting a lot of faith in a host of junior college players and transfers, which is not unusual for mid-major programs. UNT will just have to hope that they pan out.
UNT has hit a few home runs with transfers in the past, including Franklin, Kendrick Davis and Keith Wooden and had several others who have been complete busts, including Roderick Flemings, Curtis Muse and Jonathan Jackson.
It’s a high-risk, high-reward proposition.
UNT will just have to hope that approach pays off.