UNT men’s basketball coach Tony Benford vowed after the Mean Green was ousted from the Conference USA tournament to work toward the goal of winning the league title, both on the coaching and recruiting fronts.
That goal has taken the Mean Green’s staff to Tennessee, where UNT is recruiting point guard Dequon Miller of Motlow College.
Miller averaged 20.9 points and 7.0 assists as a freshman this season.
I spoke for a couple of minutes with Matt Sligh, Motlow’s head coach, about Miller and where he stands in the recruiting process.
“He can really play,” Sligh said of Miller. “He’s pretty special.”
Miller is also in a pretty special situation. He went through some issues with his initial eligibility before he was eventually ruled a qualifier out of high school. That leaves Miller with the option of staying at Motlow for another year or signing with a Division I school in the late signing period and playing three seasons at the Division I level.
“He is in the middle of trying to decide if he is going to return or leave,” Sligh said. “He will pick his next stop based on fit and feel. He came to Motlow instead of one of the traditional national junior college powers because of the fit and feel he found here.”
Sligh said there are programs from just about every level and every league in the college basketball world showing interest in Miller.
Ole Miss, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri State and Bradley were a few of the schools that Sligh rattled off.
“Dequon would like to get it straightened out in the next couple of weeks,” Sligh said.
UNT appears as if it will be a factor if Miller decides to leave Motlow.
“North Texas is in the hunt,” Sligh said. “They have done a nice job.”
UNT lost Alzee Williams, a key piece of this season’s team, to graduation. Williams saw time at the point guard spot when Chris Jones was out of the lineup. UNT also lost Vertrail Vaughns, another key guard who could handle the point guard duties.
UNT’s hunt for a guard to complement Jones appears to be among the Mean Green’s priorities heading into the late period.
Miller is one of its options to fill that void.