It’s Sunday night and time for the leftovers, where we dig through the events of the last few days, pick out the good stuff — and a little of the bad as well — while hopefully putting it all in perspective.
One item we haven’t gotten to is the fact that UNT forward Jeremy Combs participated in the Conference USA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee meetings at the league’s headquarters this summer.
The program is designed partly to help student-athletes develop leadership skills.
“It was a great experience,” Combs in a prepared statement. “I learned how to be a better leader and how I have to be more vocal. Also how to handle different types of problems in better ways. I have to be a leader during different situations whether good or bad.”
UNT is going to count on Combs in a variety of ways this fall, when the Mean Green will look to improve on a 14-17 record and post their first winning campaign under Tony Benford, who is entering his fourth year with the Mean Green.
UNT lost three of its top five scorers, including third-team All-C-USA selection Jordan Williams and key leader Colin Voss.
Combs averaged 10.0 points and 6.7 rebounds a game and was a member of C-USA’s All-Freshman Team.
We are also entering the final free week before the UNT football team officially reports and begins practice on the 10th. This story on how UNT handled a particularly long offseason ran in today’s paper.
I fully expect news to pick up on the UNT front this week. Be sure to stay tuned.
On the recruiting front …
— Howard Chen (@TheHoChen) August 2, 2015
Atascocita running back Patrick Taylor Jr., who we talked to as part of our on-going UNT recruiting target series is closing in on making an announcement.
And while we are on the topic of C-USA, there were a couple of important tidbits in terms of UNT’s key rivals.
Louisiana Tech picked up a key transfer in Alfred Smith, a highly regarded Louisiana wide receiver. Smith signed with Utah before changing course and deciding to play in his home state. Smith will sit out this year. He’s a big-time get for the Bulldogs.
Sean Isabella from the Monroe News-Star has the story.
UTEP has also picked up a key transfer in Brockericks Jones, a 6-9 forward who originally signed with San Diego State. The San Diego Union-Tribune has the story and indicates the it is likely that Jones will have to sit out this season. We noted earlier in the week that reports out of El Paso are that UTEP could lose key guard Omega Harris to academic issues and center Matt Wilms to injury for the season.