Thursday afternoon notes (JUCO coach: UNT in mix for Brooks)

UNT is in the mix for one of the top shooting guards in junior college basketball.

Macari Brooks, a former DePaul signee who spent the last two seasons at Blinn College and recently decommitted from Bradley, has UNT on his list of potential destinations.

Blinn coach Scott Schumacher confirmed that Brooks is on the market and considering UNT on Thursday afternoon.

“North Texas has contacted us about Macari to see about his availability,” Schumacher said. “They are looking at him and he is looking at them. He is interested. Tony Benford, David Anwar and Scott Monarch, all the guys on their staff, are all really good guys.”

Brooks posted on his Twitter account: “Big s/o [shout out] to North Texas University”

Brooks averaged 19.9 points a game for Blinn last season.

“He is 6-3 and is extremely athletic and explosive and has a good outside jump shot,” Schumacher said. “He is a good offensive player and was a good player for us.”

Brooks has followed a winding path in college basketball. He was a highly regarded player in Chicago and had offers from Marquette, Providence and Fairfield in addition to DePaul.

Brooks signed with DePaul and enrolled at the school. Schumacher said the NCAA came in and reviewed Brooks’ academic background at that point.

Brooks left DePaul and enrolled at Indian Hills, one of the premier JUCO programs in the nation. Brooks then left Indian Hills and enrolled at Blinn, where he has played the last two seasons.

The connection here is pretty obvious. Benford and nearly every member of his staff came to UNT from Marquette, which recruited Brooks out of high school. UNT has seven players who will be seniors in the fall, including Jordan Williams, a wing that is already ranked among the top 30 scorers in school history.

UNT will need to reload after next season and has turned its attention to Brooks.

The question now will be how many other teams will pursue him now that he has decommitted from Bradley and if UNT can close the deal.

Stay tuned.

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