Breaking news — Friar has left program

UNT announced this morning that Josh Friar has left the program and enrolled in junior college.

This is the quote from Tony Benford in the official statement.

“At North Texas we hold our student-athletes to a high standard in the way they conduct themselves both on and off the court,” Benford said. “This decision is not one that I take lightly, but it is in the best interest of both the program and the student-athlete. We wish Josh the best of luck in all of his future endeavors.”

Friar was on campus this summer and worked out with the team. He was a three-star recruit, according to

Friar was expected to help bolster UNT’s frontcourt.

The former Humble Kingwood standout committed to UNT before his senior season, despite never starting for the varsity team and sitting out his junior year due to off-the-court issues. He played for the JV team at Kingwood as a freshman and sophomore.

I talked to both Friar and his coach Royce Huseman when he committed to UNT. Huseman said it was Friar’s potential that attracted the attention of UNT’s coaches.

Friar is the second member of UNT’s 2013 recruiting class to part ways the program in the last few months.

UNT placed Tony Nunn, another high school big man, at Odessa College before he ever enrolled in school.

UNT had two players commit to sign as part of the Mean Green’s 2013 class who parted ways with the program before ever inking their LOIs. Midland JC foward Anthony Norris and San Bernardino Valley C.C. center Arthur Casmiro both ran into off-the-court issues and never signed with UNT.

UNT filled one of its open spots on the roster by landing Collin County Community College small forward Maurice Aniefiok.

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