Mean Green Add Two Recruits For 2017-18

Nov. 10, 2016

DENTON – North Texas men’s basketball head coach Tony Benford announced the signing of Zach Simmons and Amaad Wainright to National Letters of Intent Thursday.

“I am excited to welcome these two student-athletes to our Mean Green basketball program,” Benford said. “We feel like Simmons is one of the top post players in the DFW area. We have brought in some really good quality JUCO players the past three years and Amaad is another one that can make an immediate impact on our program.”

Zach Simmons – 6-9, 250, Power Forward, Cedar Hill HS, Cedar Hill, TX

Simmons continues the trend of Texas native recruits to sign with coach Benford. According to, Simmons is ranked No. 91 in the state of Texas after suffering an injury during the first half of his junior season. Simmons averaged 12 points and nine rebounds per game and hopes to have a breakout senior season.

Simmons played AAU with Urban DFW Elite this past summer playing in 12 games.

“Zach is a very good player and is skilled in the post,” Benford said. “He is an intelligent player that has a chance to make an impact for us next season. He gives our team another big body that can rebound, score and defend. He has been well coached by DFW Elite’s Jazzy Hartwell and Cedar Hill’s Brandon Thomas.”

Amaad Wainright – 6-4, 200, Guard, Trinity Valley JC, Kansas City, MO

Wainright began his basketball journey at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley in Kansas City, where he averaged 17.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game as a freshman. The JUCO guard redshirted last season after an injury and has returned to play at Trinity Valley in Athens, TX. In his first three games, Wainright has scored 30 points and has started the last two contests.

“We feel very fortunate to have Amaad join our basketball family,” Benford said. “He can score, create for his teammates and has a high basketball IQ. Also he comes from great pedigree with his brother playing at Baylor and his grandfather played at Kansas.”

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