North Texas has a 2-3 record in conference and a 7-11 record overall this season which puts them near the bottom of Conference-USA.
It’s safe to say the Mean Green and their fans are ready to start looking forward to the 2016-2017 season. Let’s look at the roster changes for the next season.
Keith Frazier- SG (Transfer SMU)
Ryan Woolridge- PG (Transfer San Diego)
A.J. Lawson- SF (signed)
Curtis Hollis- SF (verbal commit)
DeAndre Harris- SG (Transfer)
Eric Katenda- PF (Graduate)
Jamar Sandifer- SG
Caesar DeJesus- SG
Jacob Calloway- SG
Adrean Johnson- PF
With all those moves one question remains; can UNT improve in the 2016-2017 campaign?
The losses of Harris and Katenda are important but by no means insurmountable for this team. They were the team’s backup SG and PF respectively and the Mean Green are well on there way to replacing them with equal and better players.
Keith Frazier is a highly valuable SG transferring in from SMU. He, as well as Woolridge, will have to sit out the first half of next season per NCAA regulations for mid season transfers but will be providing a lot of offense when they are available. Frazier was
averaging 12 points, four rebounds and two assists for the Mustangs before he left the team. He officially departed for “personal reasons” but multiple reports have stated it was because he felted unwanted by fans from the role he played in the scandal that banned SMU from postseason play. UNT will be getting a very talented ball player that will help them win games.
Ryan Woolridge, originally from Mansfield, is a point guard transfer out of the University of San Diego with no surrounding drama. He has yet play this season but is a very athletic option for UNT. His high school coach, Donte Wilson, described his play in a report as fast-paced. That kind of speed gives UNT a fast break option for easy buckets and setting up plays in transition. Woolridge is also ineligible until midway through next season.
A.J. Lawson fills a need at the small forward position for the Mean Green. They are returning only one player, Tay Houston, at the position and are in need of depth. Curtis Hollis also has verbally committed to UNT and plays on the wing as well. Both players are 6’5” and roughly 180-190 pounds. While they may not be the favorites for the Freshmen All-American team, they will at least contribute to the team in a positive way. Hollis and Lawson were ranked No. 25 and No. 27, respectively, in the Class of 2016.
One hole that UNT needs help in is a backup big man. Whether it be a center or power forward, North Texas needs help quick. They have an outstanding scholarship offer for 6’9 PF Adrean Johnson who fills that void for them. If North Texas wants to remain relevant and competitive within Conference USA, they will need a reliable player on the inside.
UNT plays in a competitive Conference USA. This is a conference that includes the likes of UAB, FIU, Middle Tennessee, Louisiana Tech, WKU. That being said, UNT will finish in the top five of Conference USA in 2016-2017, a sizable increase from this year’s dismal performance.