Friday morning notes (UNT signee coming in July, Rice loses DT)

I mentioned a while back that UNT basketball signee Muhammed Ahmed would not arrive in Denton right at the beginning of the summer. UNT coach Tony Benford confirmed a few days ago when I was chatting with him about the Mean Green’s first season in Conference USA for a series of stories that will come out in a few weeks that Ahmed will arrive in July.

UNT’s approach, like those of a lot of other schools, is to have players in for at least a part of the summer for classes and workouts while also giving them a break. Having time to go home and see their families and rest is good for guys before they head into the grind of a long school year and season.

UNT has had several of its newcomers in for summer sessions already, including Jeremy Combs and Greg White-Pittman.’

UNT is really counting on Ahmed to be an impact player. Ahmed is the type of hybrid post player Benford and the Mean Green are looking for. He’s 6-foot-7 and can run in the open court. Having Ahmed in for part of the summer will do UNT a whole lot of good.

And in other news around Conference USA, Rice was dealt a pretty big blow when starting defensive tackle Stuart Mouchantaf suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee injury. He will miss the 2014 season.

Rice brings most of its roster back from a Conference USA championship team and is the consensus pick to win the West Division this season. Losing Mouchantaf is a pretty big blow and will hurt the Owls a bit heading into the season. Rice has several defensive tackles who did an admirable job of filling out a rotation and will look to those same players again this year.

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