Monday morning notes (JUCO guard to visit UNT)

The late singing period in basketball begins this week, when UNT will have yet another visitor to campus.

Macari Brooks, a highly regarded shooting guard from Blinn College, will visit Denton. Brooks posted on his Twitter account this morning that he can’t wait for his visit to the school to begin.

We wrote about Brooks not too long ago on the blog.

UNT has churned its roster quite a bit in the off-season. Kelvin Gaines decided to pursue a professional career, while Keith Coleman is also no longer on the roster.

I will go through who is staying and who is gone later (It’s a long story).

Right now, what’s more important to look at are the potential late additions. UNT had Paris JC post Nouhoum Bocoum in over the weekend. We caught up with Bocoum not too long ago. Bocoum said at that time that he was planning on visiting Eastern Michigan and Houston this week after visiting UNT.

UNT wants to move to a up-tempo style in Tony Benford’s third season, but is going to be seriously undersized in the middle if it doesn’t replace Gaines and Coleman. Bocoum could be the guy to fill that void. UNT did pick up a commitment from 6-foot-7 forward Muhammed Ahmed but could still use a center-type player.

While the focus has been on UNT’s efforts to bolster its front court, it also has some holes at the guard spots following the departure of Brandan Walton, Vertrail Vaughns and — most importantly — Alzee Williams. Those three guards combined to score almost a third of UNT’s point last year. Williams was UNT’s second-leading scorer.

Brooks could be the guy to help fill that void. The 6-foot-2 guard is a high-level player who signed with DePaul out of high school, when he was also recruited by Marquette, where Benford and several members of his staff worked before arriving in Denton.

Brooks averaged 19.9 points a game for Blinn last season.

The question now is if UNT can land Bocoum or Brooks or both and how the Mean Green would work its roster to get both on the team.

And in a side note, I hung out with the great Rick Gosselin from The Dallas Morning News at UNT’s spring game. Here’s his column on the rise of UNT’s football program:

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