Tuesday late-night basketball tidbits, thoughts

UNT announced the addition of Maurice Aniefiok today.

One quick fix I made in the story here in the last few minutes — Aniefiok actually picked up his two-year degree at Marshalltown Community College in Iowa.

As far as my thoughts on the addition of the 6-5 wing, it’s well beyond what one could reasonably expect at this point of the summer. Aniefiok was good enough coming out of prep school to land at Ole Miss and play in the SEC. He didn’t play a lot for the Rebels and left.

He spent some time at Collin County, was briefly committed to Tulsa and somehow made a stop in Iowa somewhere along the way.

The bottom line is the guy can clearly play.

He didn’t put up great stats at Ole Miss, but it’s hard to hold that against the guy. He was a freshman in the SEC.

UNT will have a ton of new players next year. I still think Tony Mitchell and Roger Franklin are going to be hard to replace. Having pretty much an entirely new team isn’t going to be easy either.

Still, UNT is going to have options with a bunch of guys with high-end athleticism. There is something to be said for that.

While we are on the basketball front, it sounds like there is a good chance that UNT will have a coach hired to replace Bart Lundy by the end of the week. A couple of names to keep in mind — former Texas Tech assistant Bubba Jennings and UNT director of operations/former TCU/Air Force assistant Jeff Luster

Jennings name has been floating around out there pretty much since Lundy left. Luster would also make sense. He is going to fill in on the road during the July recruiting period until UNT gets someone in place on a permanent basis. He knows all the guys UNT is recruiting.

Another quick tidbit worth noting is that UNT is holding out hope that it can find a way to get T.J. Taylor another year of eligibility. The former Denison standout started out at Oklahoma, but never played, played a season at Paris JC, then went to Marquette for a short time before enrolling at UNT. He never played for the Golden Eagles either. Taylor is listed as a redshirt junior on UNT’s roster. Since he has only played one year, UNT is hoping to get three more out of him.