Kelvin Gaines leaving UNT for pro career

North Texas forward Kelvin Gaines is leaving the program after one season to pursue a professional career. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

North Texas center Kelvin Gaines is leaving the school after one season to pursue a professional career.

Gaines transferred to UNT from Cincinnati and had surgery on his foot shortly after arriving in Denton. He recovered in time to play in 19 games for the Mean Green last season. He averaged 0.6 points and 1.5 rebounds a game.

Gaines is the fourth player from last season’s team that finished 16-16 who has now completed his career at UNT. Guards Alzee Williams, Brandan Walton and Vertrail Vaughns were all seniors last season.

The loss of Gaines will leave UNT with just one player taller than 6-foot-8 scheduled to return next season in Keith Coleman, a 6-10 center who averaged 3.0 points and 3.4 rebounds a game last season.

UNT head coach Tony Benford was at Paris Junior College this week to see Nohoum Bocoum, a 6-foot-9 post from New York.

Bocoum could be one of UNT’s top options when it comes to finding a center in the final days before the beginning of the late signing period on April 16.

While UNT does not have many options at this point in terms of players who fit the mold of a true center outside of Coleman, it does have several talented forwards returning or set to begin their UNT careers in the fall.

Colin Voss, a 6-7 forward, was UNT’s most productive frontcourt player last season, when he averaged 7.3 points and 5.8 rebounds a game. Armani Flannigan, a 6-8 forward, averaged 3.0 points and 3.4 rebounds a game.

UNT also has high hopes for Greg Wesley, a 6-7 forward who sat out last season while working to become academically eligible, and Jeremy Combs, a 6-6 forward from Dallas Carter who was among the top high school prospects in the Dallas area last season.

Combs will be a freshman at UNT this fall.

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