Versatile Guard Tay Holston Signs With Mean Green Hoops
6-7 Guard Experienced At Every Guard Spot, Brings Winning Pedigree
Check out the latest highlight film on Allante Holston, who signed with the Mean Green on Friday.
DENTON -- North Texas head basketball coach Tony Benford signed 6-7 swing guard Allante "Tay" Holston to a National Letter of Intent on Saturday.
"Allante is an all-around versatile guard that we feel like we can plan any backcourt position," Benford said. "He has a lot of experience playing the point, as well as on the wing, and he's very good in transition. He's a got a chance to be a pretty good defender as well, and with his size we think he can really help us in several areas. We are very excited to have Allante join the Mean Green family."
Holston played his high school ball in the Washington D.C. area, but attended West Oaks Academy, a national prep basketball power in Orlando, Fla., where he impressed scouts nationally with averages of 15.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in 2014-15.
Prep schools allow student-athletes who have graduated high school to better prepare for college, while still keeping their eligibility intact. Holston will enter North Texas as a freshman and will have four years of eligibility. The last prep schoolers to join the Mean Green were Tristan Thompson (Brewster Academy) and Alzee Williams (Mississippi Elite Christian Academy), who both graduated high school in Texas before excelling in prep school.
"Most importantly, Allante is a kid with great character that comes from a wonderful family," Benford said. "Chris Chaney, his coach at West Oaks Academy, is a top notch coach who has turned out dozens of talented Division I and NBA players, so we know he's been well coached. He'll have a chance to get a lot of playing time as a freshman this fall."
ESPN.com named him the fifth best recruit in the Washington D.C. area while playing his senior year at Clinton Christian, while Scout.com ranked him the fifth ranked player in Maryland.
Holston helped lead Clinton Christian to a 22-9 record and the Maryland Private School championship game, where he had 18 points.
Holston is the second guard to sign with the Mean Green this week. He joins Angelina College standout Deckie Johnson as the newest members of the North Texas basketball team.
North Texas' 2015-16 Newcomers
Rickey Brice -- 7-0 -- 260 -- Center -- Arlington, Texas (Pantego Christian)
JaMichael Brown -- 6-1 -- 190 -- Guard -- San Antonio, Texas (Pro-Vision Academy)
J-Mychal Reece -- 6-1 -- 180 -- Guard -- Bryan, Texas (Texas A&M)
Deckie Johnson -- 6-4 -- 175 -- Guard -- Memphis, Tenn. (Angelina College)
Allante Holston -- 6-7 -- 185 -- Guard -- Upper Marlboro, Md. (West Oaks Academy FL)