DENTON (4/11/07) North Texas head basketball coach Johnny Jones added another winning pedigree to the Mean Green roster when guard Ryan McCoy signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the program next season.
McCoy, the state’s 40th ranked player out of high school according to Texashoops.com, comes to the Mean Green after back-to-back NJCAA national titles at Arkansas-Fort Smith and Midland Junior College.
A potent shooter from distance, McCoy hit 54.8 percent from the floor and 53.9 percent from beyond the arc for Midland last season.
"We are excited at the addition of Ryan to the Mean Green family. He has proven himself a pure point guard with an uncanny ability to find the open man and knock down open shots," Jones said. "Ryan has the ability to initiate our offense on one end of the floor while setting the defensive tone out front. He is coming from a great program in Midland with an excellent coach in Grant McCasland."
McCoy, who will have two years of eligibility at North Texas, was sidelined early last season with an injury, but was very productive once he returned to the court. He made his debut with a nine-point, seven-assist performance against Frank Phillips College and reached double figures in each of his next three games, including a 12-point night against South Plains College.
An integral part of the Chaparrals’ 29-8 championship run, McCoy racked up seven points and an assist in the title game against Chipola College.
"Ryan is an extremely talented point guard that has his best years of basketball ahead of him," said McCasland. "His awareness of the game is really amazing, and I think he will be a very exciting player for the North Texas fans."
At Arkansas-Fort Smith, McCoy ran the point in all 29 games en route to the 2006 national championship. He not only ranked second on the team with 2.9 assists per game, but led the Lions with a 46.7 three-point percentage and was second on the team with a 71.1 percent free throw clip.
A former star at Houston Madison High School, McCoy played along side Mean Green three-point king Calvin Watson. Despite being picked to finish near the bottom of the 2005 District 20-5A standings, McCoy led the Marlins to a 26-7 record and was named the district’s MVP.
McCoy joins a Mean Green squad coming off the best season in school history. North Texas piled up a school-record 23 victories while winning its first Sun Belt Conference Championship, and advanced to its first NCAA Tournament since 1988.
Today marks the first day of the Late Signing period that extends through August 1.