UNT has undergone some overhauls over the years in various programs.
Outside of the years in which teams have changed head coaches, the evolution of the UNT men’s basketball team this off-season might take the cake.
To review (deep breath):
Jordan Williams — 14.2 points, 3.7 rebounds a game, 46 3s
Alzee Williams — 11.1 points, 3.4 rebounds a game
Chris Jones — 9.2 points a game, 74 assists
Keith Coleman — 1.3 points, 1.6 rebounds a game
Brandan Walton — Missed last season, 8.8 points a game in 2011-12 season
Division I transfers
Kelvin Gaines — Former Cincinnati forward is 6-10 and has high-end athletic talent
Vertrail Vaughns — Averaged 5.0 last season at George Mason as a combo guard
T.J. Taylor — Former Oklahoma signee who spent a short time at Marquette
Maurice Aniefiok — Former Ole Miss signee who sat out last season
Armani Flannigan — Athletic 6-8 forward who averaged 14.2 points and 6.6 rebounds a game at Central Wyoming State
Colin Voss — A tank of a 6-7 forward who was a JUCO All-American last season at Northern Oklahoma.
High school signees
Greg Wesley — A 6-7 forward and one of the top players in the state and a steal for UNT
Josh Friar — Freak 6-8 athlete who played sparingly in high school and could be a project type player
Players who have left the program
Lost of the NBA draft
Tony Mitchell — 13.0 points, 8.5 rebounds a game, 87 blocked shots
Lost to graduation
Roger Franklin — 11.7 points, 6.3 rebounds a game
Jacob Holmen — 5.6 points, 3.5 rebounds in 15 games
Justin Patton — 3.2 points, 1.7 rebounds in 19 games
Niko Stojiljkovic — 2.6 points, 2.4 rebounds a game
Lost to transfer
P.J. Hardwick — 3.7 points, 2.9 rebounds a game, 81 assists
Clarke Overlander 1.1 points a game
And that brings us to the golden question. How do all the pieces fit together?
We won’t know until UNT rolls the ball out for its season opener, but here’s the way it looks now:
PG — Chris Jones: He’s one of the best playmakers UNT has had in years and has the ability to be a top-of-C-USA player
SG — T.J. Taylor/Brandan Walton: Taylor is supposed to be a difference-maker. UNT needs him to be. Walton is a great shooter and could immediately address the Mean Green’s shooting problems
SF — Jordan Williams: UNT’s top scorer from last season should be an impact player again
PF — Greg Wesley or Armani Flannigan: The departure of Tony Mitchell and Roger Franklin leaves a huge hole. Wesley and Flannigan are good bets to fill in
C — Kelvin Gaines or Collin Voss or Keith Coleman: Maybe the biggest question mark on UNT’s roster. Gaines has the talent, but never capitalized on it at Cincinnati. A lot was expected of Coleman, who barely played. Is Voss a center at 6-7?
Off the bench
Vertail Vaughns — Will play a lot and could end up seeing time as UNT’s backup point guard
Maurice Aniefiok — Should see a lot of time on the wing, but where would he fit in as a starter?
Alzee Williams — How does he fit on a new team after a highly productive season a year ago when he averaged 11.1 points a game. Could he bump Taylor and Walton out of the lineup?
Josh Friar — Can he start to develop and contribute off the bench?
I will be back with some thoughts later, but that is the basic rundown.