We talked a little bit last night about UNT landing Jeremy Combs, a 6-foot-7 forward from Dallas Carter who committed after visiting with Tony Benford and Scott Monarch and covered the news again in today’s paper.
Needless to say, landing Combs is huge for UNT.
How big was it?
We called Mike Kunstadt of TexasHoops.com for a little perspective.
“I love him,” Kunstaddt said. “He’s energy plus. He has a natural knack for being around the basketball and getting loose balls and scoring. He’s a scoring machine. He scores mostly inside and gets to the rim. His motor is his main strength. He’s a great get for North Texas.”
Combs led Class 4A players in Texas with an average of 23.2 points a game to go along with 7.7 rebounds.
Texas Tech was interested and hosted Combs on an official visit last weekend. Kunstadt said he believes Combs has the kind of ability that would have made him a good Big 12 player.
I mentioned last night that TexasHoops.com has Combs rated at No. 15 in the state. He will move up at spot to No. 14 when the fall rankings are released.
Perhaps the best part of landing Combs for UNT is that he could a pied piper recruit just like Jordan Williams was a few years ago. UNT landed Williams, which helped the Mean Green pull in a host of Dallas area players later on.
Kunstadt said that UNT has been working the Dallas area hard.
What UNT has to hope is that Combs ends up being a foundation piece in a good 2014 class. UNT will lose three key pieces in Vertrail Vaughns, Alzee Williams and Brandan Walton after this season. The bigger concern is the fact UNT has seven juniors and only two sophomores and one freshman, although that freshman is Greg Wesley, another top 15-type talent in Texas. This class will be a key one when it comes to building for the future. The players UNT signs in 2014 will have a year with the Mean Green before those seven guys, including Jordan Williams and Chris Jones, graduate.
UNT needs an impact class. Landing Combs was certainly a step in that direction.