Follow-up thoughts on UNT adding Reese

Former Texas A&M point guard J'Mychal Reese drives to the basket during a game against Florida on Jan. 17, 2013, in College Station. Reese is transferring to UNT. (Associated Press )

If you have been following along on the blog, you saw this coming — UNT has added Texas A&M transfer point guard J-Mychal Reese.

I am on vacation with Vicky at Yellowstone and haven’t had a chance to ask about the move (you can’t get a cell signal up here), but UNT did make it official today.

Before we get to what was said, the key point in the story is that UNT is hoping to get a waiver from the NCAA so that Reese can be eligible this year. He was dismissed from Texas A&M for rules violations after playing in six games and sitting out four last season.

UNT lost Chris Jones to transfer and at this point is depending on JUCO transfer Todd Eaglin to come in and run the team if Reese isn’t eligible. There are a few other combo guards on the roster, but none were billed as true point guards.

UNT looks a whole lot better on paper if Reese can play this year.

No matter how one looks at it, UNT is adding some talented players to its roster. Jeremy Combs will arrive as will JUCO forward Muhammed Ahmed. Greg Wesley is supposed to be academically eligible.

UNT will need those guys to perform, because several key guys departed after last season, including one of the top scorers in school history in Alzee Williams.

UNT could be better next season, but is pinning its hopes on a whole cast of players who are completely unproven at UNT. Reese has skins on the wall from his time at A&M, but there is no telling what UNT gets from Combs, Wesley, Eaglin, Ahmed or a whole lot of other guys on the roster.

What UNT will have are a few more intriguing options. There is nothing wrong with that.

As far as official statements go, here’s what coach Tony Benford had to say …

“I’ve known J-Mychal and his family for a long time.. I had a chance to work with him at a camp when he was in the eighth grade and was considered the top recruit in the country. I’ve known his parents for years, and J-Mychal comes from a great family. We couldn’t be happier to have them all as a part of our Mean Green family.

“J-Mychal is a tremendous point guard. He’s a very cerebral player and can create for anyone on the floor, but still has the ability to make his own shot when he needs to. He’s going to fit in really well in our up-tempo system.”

Reese also issued an official statement …

“First off, I want to thank everyone at Texas A&M for helping me over the last two years. I really enjoyed my time in College Station. But at the same time, I am really excited to begin the next phase of my career at North Texas. I feel like North Texas and coach Benford are ready to take the next step, and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

We went over what Reese did during his two years at Texas A&M earlier.

He put up 6.3 points and 1.8 assists a game, not overwhelming totals, but pretty solid numbers in the SEC.

How Reese translates to UNT and how soon he does it will be a key factor in how the Mean Green fares in its third season under Benford.

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