Marshalltown (Iowa) JC point guard Mike Rodriguez made the most of his opportunity to shine at All-American JUCO Showcase Elite 80 East camp recently.
Rodriguez averaged about 7 assists and 10 points a game at the event that features some of the top junior college players in the country. He was one of 20 players who were invited to play in the all-star game at the end of the event.
UNT was in prime position to land Rodriguez heading into the camp.
Rodriguez, a 5-foot-10 sophomore, said Sunday that nothing has changed in that regard.
“I am pretty set on going to North Texas,” Rodriguez said. “That is what it is looking like right now.”
UNT is the only team that has offered Rodriguez, who believed that a good showing at the camp could help boost his stock and prompt a host of other schools that had been showing interest to offer him.
Rodriguez and his coach have received several calls, but so far UNT is still the only team that has offered.
UNT assistant coach David Anwar has been recruiting Rodriguez for several months. The two have now set up a general time frame for an official visit.
“I am going to visit in early September,” Rodriguez said. “I just talked with coach Anwar this morning. He couldn’t make it to the camp because he was out of the country.”
Rodriguez said that he is surprised that no other teams have offered since his performance at the JUCO camp. At this point, Rodriguez has narrowed his focus to the upcoming season and building on a freshman year in which he averaged 16.7 points and 4.3 assists a game.
“I told my coach that we will make it to Hutchinson this year,” Rodriguez said of the site of the JUCO national tournament.
It appears as if Rodriguez will head to UNT shortly after the end of Marshalltown’s season.
“I am going to commit in September if things work out,” Rodriguez said.