Hoops notes and thoughts on departure of Hyder


Tony Mitchell had a pretty good day in the NBA summer league, where the Pistons beat the Heat 80-78.

But before we get to that, the news of the day is former UNT standout Alexis Hyder has landed at LSU.

Hyder made a huge impact pretty much from the moment she showed up on campus and was on pace to become the third 1,500-point scorer in school history. She scored 753 points in her first two seasons at UNT.

Seeing great ones leave is just how UNT rolls when it comes to post players.

– Jasmine Godbolt was supposed to return from an injury midway through the 2011-12 season, but was dismissed. Godbolt ranked ninth in school history with 1,080 points at the time.

– Amber Jackson was on the verge of reaching the 1,500-point mark before Shanice Stephens gave her the heave-ho at the end of her senior season, leaving Jackson sitting at 1,388 points after the 2008-09 campaign.

– Mia Ajekwu was a third-team All-Sun Belt pick in 2004-05, when UNT went 19-9. That was the last winning season in program history. Ajekwu would have been a preseason first-team all-conference pick the next year as a senior, but bailed.

And now Hyder is gone as well.

I haven’t had a chance to talk with Hyder, but I did talk with head coach Mike Petersen.

Sometimes things don’t work out. I’m not placing blame anywhere.

But the bottom line is this — UNT lost a really talented player. Hyder doesn’t end up at LSU without some serious skills to offer.

One just hope it works out in the end — both for UNT and for Hyder.

As for Mitchell’s day, he finished with eight points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks.

Mitchell has always been something of a mystery as a player. He has the tools. It’s a matter of him finding a way to use them and feel comfortable doing it while being aggressive. There has been a lot written and said about Mitchell needing to see more time facing the basket and not playing as a center. It should be interesting to see how the rest of the summer goes for Mitchell.

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