DENTON (7/13/06) -- North Texas head men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones has announced that North Richland Hills, Texas, native and University of South Florida transfer Collin Dennis has signed a scholarship to play for the Mean Green.
Dennis will have to sit out the 2006-07 season due to NCAA transferring rules, but will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Mean Green. The 6-2, 185 pound guard originally signed with South Florida following an outstanding career at Richland High School that saw him average 23 points and earn second team all-state honors his senior campaign.
"We are very excited about the signing of Collin Dennis to the North Texas basketball program," said Coach Jones. "His ball-handling skills, ability to shoot from the outside as well as get to the basket on the offensive end and ability to defend quicker opponents will make him a very valuable addition to our team. We are not only getting a very talented basketball player, but a wonderful student and person as well. With the addition of Collin and Roderick Flemings, this gives us a great head start on our recruiting for next season."
The four-year letterman at Richland High School was the team captain his junior and senior seasons. In addition to his 23 points per game, Dennis also averaged five rebounds and four assists per game his senior campaign. He averaged 24 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as a junior after averaging 15 points and three rebounds as a sophomore. Dennis played at the Nike All-America Camp in the summer of 2003 and also played well at a summer camp in Las Vegas.
As a freshman at South Florida, Dennis scored a season-high 25 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field against UAB. He also scored 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting against UTA. He added double-figure scoring games against Southern Miss, Tulane and Stetson as well. Dennis made his first career start against Michigan and also proved he was a clutch player, hitting 6-of-6 free throws against Eastern Carolina in the final 1:37.
Dennis followed his impressive freshman season up by starting seven games as a sophomore while competing in 16 outings. He averaged 4.4 points, 2.0 assists and 1.2 rebounds per game. Dennis scored a season-high 11 points against Rutgers, posted 10 points at Cincinnati and scored eight points against Connecticut.