Prospective Student-Athlete Information - Men's Basketball
We are excited about your interest in the University of North Texas and Mean Green men's basketball. Armed with a reputation for high-octane offense and hustling defense, Tony Benford has taken the reins of a North Texas basketball program that is primed to take the next step. A veteran of 20 years of coaching in Division I basketball and 14 postseason trips, Benford is a proven recruiter in the state of Texas that has coached five first-round draft picks and five conference player-of-the-year honorees.
North Texas finished the 2015-16 season at 12-20, but was 11-7 at the Super Pit as only six NT teams won more games since it opened in 1973-74 (42 seasons). The Mean Green finished the season posting a 45.2 field goal percentage mark, the best shooting percentage of the Tony Benford era. Only five teams in the last 20 years had a better shooting mark than the 2015-16 team. Three players scored over 400 points with sophomore Jeremy Combs (461), juniors J-Mychal Reese (471) and Deckie Johnson (451) becoming the 38th, 39th, and 40th members of the 400-point season club in school history. Combs led the team in scoring at 14.9 points per game and was second in C-USA in rebouding at 10.5 per game. Combs earned All-C-USA second team honors and broke former NBA standout Kenyon Martin's C-USA rebounding record (186) with 205 rebounds in C-USA games only.
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The Mean Green soccer team led the way for North Texas Athletics during the 2015-16 season, winning the Conference USA regular-season title and the tournament championship. Soccer also advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in school history. Men’s golf and track and field also saw post-season play. The men’s golf team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, while Chastity Stewart advanced to the NCAA Championships in two events: the 100 and 400-meter hurdles.
Forty-two Mean Green student-athletes were named all-conference during the 2015-16 season, and six received specialty conference awards. Carnae Dillard was named an AVCA honorable mention All-America selection after a stellar senior campaign. She was named Conference USA Player of the Year for the second straight year after breaking school records in career kills and attacks.
Rachel Holden was named the C-USA Co-Offensive Player of the Year for soccer, while teammate Karla Pineda was named midfielder of the year. The swimming and diving program picked up two big honors: Claudia Kitching was named C-USA Co-Newcomer of the Year, while Averie Ruiz was named freshman diver of the year. Ian Snyman was named C-USA Freshman of the Year for golf after tying for sixth place in the conference tournament.
Athletic Success | Academic Achievements
The Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
Please note that, per NCAA rules, coaches can only respond via e-mail to juniors (after September 1) and seniors in high school. Coaches must mail responses to freshmen and sophomores, per NCAA rules. You can call any North Texas coach, but they cannot return your phone call unless you are a senior in high school.
Recognized as one of the finest college basketball facilities in the nation, the Super Pit is home to both the University of North Texas men's and women's basketball teams. Built in 1973, the coliseum is designed for multi-purpose use and is frequently the setting for concerts and theater stage productions as well as athletic events. In 2013, the "E" Practice Facility opened, providing the men's and women's basketball teams with their own practice court.
Named for its benefactor, alumnus Ernie Kuehne, who spearheaded the fund raising to build a practice facility for the men's and women's basketball teams, softball, and golf, the "E" is located in the Mean Green Village on the west side of Bonnie Brae St. across the driveway from the Volleyball Center. The facility's centerpiece is a full-length basketball court, complete with lockerrooms and scoreboard, allowing Mean Green basketball players to practice at any time.
Mean Green Compliance
What every prospective student-athlete should know about the recruiting process.
Academic Athletic Services
In the Fall of 2005, the academic and compliance staff relocated to the Mean Green Village. Located on Bonnie Brae, the new Student-Athlete Development Center is three times the size of the former academic center. The Center serves as the cornerstone of the Mean Green Village and is only a short walk from the surrounding sports facilities.
Admissions Process and Deadlines
Link to the University of North Texas undergraduate web site containing admissions requirements and deadlines.