|By Stephen Howard, March 16, 2011 - 4:17 p.m.|
This year's outgoing senior class didn't arrive in Denton with much national hoopla. Josh White was considered a nice get for Johnny Jones & Co., but the remainder of that class - George Odufuwa, Tristan Thompson, Adam McCoy and Kedrick Hogans - pretty much snuck under the radar.
As a matter of fact, Hoopscooponline.com ranked the class No. 128 in the nation, which is just inside the top half of the 304 rated schools. Four Sun Belt programs were said to have better hauls.
But sometimes even the recruiting services miss the mark. That year, future Oklahoma State All-American James Anderson was rated a 4 on a scale of 1-10. Jacob Pullen from Kansas State was considered a 3, as was Kansas' Markeiff Morris and Ohio State's Evan Turner. BYU's Jimmer Fredette was laughably ranked a 2.
Obviously it's tough to tell what a player - or a set of players - can blossom into. The North Texas recruiting class of 2007 might have been the nation's 128th ranked class, but they left as the most accomplished in the 93 year history of Mean Green basketball.
Let's take a look at some of the accomplishments of the senior class that won a school-record 86 games, took two trips to the Sun Belt Tournament finals and wore the North Texas uniform in the NCAA Tournament for just the third time.
- Team Accomplishments
5 All-Sun Belt Conference selections (2 - Josh White, 2 - Tristan Thompson, 1 - George Odufuwa)
5 All-Sun Belt Tournament team nods (2 - Josh White, 2 - George Odufuwa, 1 - Tristan Thompson)
6 Sun Belt Player of the Week Awards (3 - Josh White, 3 - Tristan Thompson)
10-3 record in the Sun Belt Tournament, including the 2010 SBC championship
The Mean Green has won at least 20 games in each of the last five seasons, making North Texas one of just 28 teams in the nation to accomplish that feat. No other Sun Belt team and only two other teams in the state of Texas can make that claim.
Led the NCAA in free throws made in two of the last three years. NT finished second in the nation in 2010.
- Tristan Thompson
A First-Team All-Sun Belt selection, led the league in scoring with 18.0 points per game and established a new Sun Belt Tournament scoring record this week (95 total points, 23.8 average).
Recorded a 20-of-20 free throw performance in the SBC quarterfinals against Florida Atlantic, which makes him just the ninth player in NCAA history to accomplish that feat.
With 211 free throws in 2011, he broke the Sun Belt's single season free throw record held by Cedric Maxwell of Charlotte since 1976-77. That tally ranks fifth in the NCAA.
Ranks fifth in North Texas history in career scoring with 1,629 points.
- George Odufuwa
Odufuwa is one of just four players to average a double-double in each of the last two seasons.
His 896 career rebounds ranks seventh in Sun Belt history, fourth in North Texas history and 23rd among active players nationwide.
Averaging 10.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game in 11 career postseason contests, including a double-double in the NCAA Tournament against Kansas State.
Tallied 16 double-doubles in 2010-11, and 34 for his career.
Posted 10.4 rebounds per game, which ranks 15th in the NCAA.
- Josh White
White is the Sun Belt's active career scoring leader with 1,668 points, which ranks 24th in league history.
Started 123 career games, which ranks fifth in the NCAA among all active point guards.
Along with teammate Tristan Thompson, White is the winningest player in North Texas history with 86 career victories.
First player in NT history with 1,500 points and 300 assists.
Ranks fourth in North Texas history in career scoring.
Ranks second in school history in career free throw percentage, fifth in total free throws, fourth in 3-pointers, third in assists and 10th in 3-point percentage.
- Dominique Johnson
Ranks second in school history with a career clip of 40.9 percent from 3-point.
Ranks third in North Texas history with an 84.4 career free throw percentage.
Posted a pair of 100+ assist seasons, making him just the seventh player in school history to accomplish that feat.