Mims Brings Big Ambitions To North Texas
Freshman Point Guard Wants To Be Next Rosalyn Reades
Mims was still seven months from being born when Reades made her first start, and scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Eagles to an 82-74 win over Sam Houston State.
She doesn't remember when Reades took North Texas to back-to-back WNIT appearances in 2001 and 2002 or set the program record for assists.
But she knows who Rosalyn Reades is and chose North Texas to be the next "Roz."
"When coach Mitchell was recruiting me she talked highly about her point guard," Mims said. "Her point guard was so important to her and her team. I want to be that."
Mims comes to Denton from Muskogee, Oklahoma, where she was named all state by three associations. She led her Rougher squad to three state semifinals and averaged 19.2 points per game as a senior. On Wednesday, Mims played in the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association All-State game and led all scorers with 21 points.
"I like to get buckets," she was quoted by the Tulsa World.
Mean Green head coach Jalie Mitchell `got buckets' when she played for North Texas with Reades from 1998-2002. Mitchell, the program's all-time leading scorer, is extra critical of her point guards because she saw first hand the value of having an all-conference point guard.
"When she calls me `PG' it makes me so happy," Mims said of Mitchell. "To be a PG you have to know her plan on and off the court and you have to be a leader, which is why I smile when she calls me it."
Mims only stands at 5-foot-5 -- the same height as Reades -- and her name hasn't even been added to her locker at the Super Pit yet, nor has she practiced on its court. But her aspirations are big.
"I want to lead this team to a conference championship," Mims said. "And I want to play in the WNBA.
I want to be a great PG like coach's."
Following a practice inside the Ernie Kuehne Basketball Practice Facility, Mims and fellow point guard Brittany Smith walked towards Mitchell to leave. As they got closer, Mitchell smiled and said "great job today, PGs".
Mims buried her face in her shirt to hide her smile.