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DENTON, Texas - North Texas head basketball coach Tony Benford announced the signings of Todd Eaglin, who ranked No. 3 in the NJCAA in assists per game, and NJCAA All-American forward Muhammed Ahmed to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.
Both players will have two seasons of eligibility remaining for North Texas, and will join the fall signees Jeremy Combs (6-7, F, Dallas Carter HS), DeAndre Harris (6-3, G, Tyler JC) and Carrington Ward (6-2, G, San Jacinto College) as newcomers to the Mean Green roster this fall.
Todd Eaglin 5-10 Jr. PG Tyler Junior College The Woodlands, Texas (Woodlands Christian)
"We couldn't be more excited to have Todd coming on board our program," Benford said. "He's a character kid, and a true point guard with excellent leadership skills. At the same time, he can really shoot and score the basketball. He's been very well coached by Mike Marquis at Tyler Junior College, who I and Scott Monarch have always enjoyed a great relationship with."
A talented passing and scoring threat, Eaglin ranked third in the country among all NJCAA players last season with 7.6 assists per game, yet still averaged 15.2 points per game. He tallied eight games with at least 10 assists, including four outings with 12 helpers. A threat from the perimeter, the sophomore sank 51 3-pointers on a 39.8 percent clip.
In his biggest scoring output of the season against Panola College, Eaglin racked up 42 points on 7-of-10 shooting from 3-point, and added eight rebounds. On the year he averaged 3.7 rebounds per game.
Eaglin was named All-Region IV second team in 2013-14 for Tyler JC. He earned TAPPS All-State first-team honors as a senior at The Woodlands Christian High School in 2011-12, and earned an honorable mention selection as a junior. A versatile athlete, Eaglin was considered a Division I prospect in baseball as a shortstop and on the football field as a quarterback.
Muhammed Ahmed 6-7 Jr. F Gillette Community College Bronx, N.Y. (Kennedy HS)
"We feel very fortunate to have a player of Muhammed's ability joining our family," Benford said. "He has tremendous ability and will be ready to make a difference in our league immediately. Muhammed is a switchable, which is our term for a versatile inside-out player that can fill multiple roles on the court. He can shoot, pass, rebound and do anything else you ask of him. And I'm really proud of coach David Anwar, who has been cultivating a relationship with Muhammed for three years."
Ahmed, an NJCAA All-America selection in 2013-14, averaged a team-best 17.6 points per game on 58.2 percent shooting, including a 51.2 percent clip from beyond the arc. The sophomore pulled down 6.9 boards per game last year, including 2.7 per game on the offensive glass.
The Bronx, N.Y., native, posted four double-doubles last year, including a 27-point, 13-rebound performance against Northeastern JC in the region tournament.
He was named to the All-Region IX first team, as well as the all-tournament team. The NJCAA gave the sophomore third-team All-America accolades.
Ahmed played his freshman year at Miami Dade College, and averaged 11.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while bringing home second-team All-FCSAA Southern Conference honors.