Curtis Hollis, a highly regarded small forward from Mansfield Summit, has decommitted from North Texas and plans to spend the upcoming season at a prep school.
Hollis recently reclassified and will now be a part of the Class of 2017.
“I reopened my recruitment to check on some other options,” Hollis said. “I decommitted about three weeks ago but didn’t tell anybody.”
Hollis said his father still talks to UNT head coach Tony Benford and his staff on a regular basis. The Mean Green are still in the running to land Hollis, but will now have to compete with other schools that have started to show interest.
St. Louis has been in contact with Hollis and SMU had begun to show interest. Hollis, who is 6-5, originally committed to UNT in October.
Hollis said he expects recruiting attention to pick up over the next few weeks as schools learn that he is back on the market after backing out of his commitment to UNT.
“I’m hoping to see some high majors come in,” Hollis said. “Some showed interest, but didn’t offer because of my grades.”
Hollis decided to go to prep school to improve his academic standing. He will get another chance to show colleges what he has to offer as a result.
Hollis was already a highly regarded player when he committed to UNT. TexasHoops.com rates Hollis at No. 40 on its list of the top players in the state in the Class of 2016.
“I’m going to play in the summer and see what happens in July,” Hollis said. “I am hoping to catch some teams’ attention over the summer.”
Hollis will then head to prep school and could end up playing for one of the top prep basketball programs in the country. He is considering IMG Academy, Hargrave Military Academy and New Hampton Academy. All three are prep school powers that have produced players who have signed with nationally prominent programs.
Hollis was a top college football prospect in addition to being a standout basketball player. He plans to stick with basketball during his year in prep school, but could play football as well, if he lands at IMG.
Hollis plans to keep in contact with the staff at UNT over the next few months.
“North Texas will be in the mix,” Hollis said. “My brother goes there, it’s close and my parents like it a lot.”
Losing Hollis is a key blow for UNT. The Mean Green were expected to sign two players in the midterm period before Hollis backed out.
The Mean Green were left with one signee in Bryan combo guard A.J. Lawson. Texashoops.com ranks Lawson 18th in the Class of 2016.
UNT also added Keith Frazier, who will be eligible at the semester break next season after transferring from SMU.
UNT is 8-14 on the season after snapping a five-game losing streak with a win over Southern Miss last night.
The Mean Green have a young roster this season with just three seniors. Forward Eric Katenda is the only key contributor among those players.
UNT has a core of veterans who are scheduled to return in the 2016-17 season that includes sophomore forward Jeremy Combs and junior guard J-Mychal Reese.
UNT had hoped to add Hollis to that core, but will now have re-recruit him and try to add him to its 2017 class.