— Lost One (@tjtaylor21) July 31, 2012
There it is. What more needs to be said? Well plenty. Here is what Bret Vito said. This portion is probably the most interesting:
PG — Chris Jones (I have been told he’s good enough to play in just about any league in the country), P.J. Hardwick (decommitted from Mississippi State)
SG — TJ Taylor (former OU/Marquette signee), Brandan Walton (JUCO top 150 recruit), Alzee Williams (solid player for UNT last year)
SM — Jacob Holmen (one of UNT’s best players at the end of last season), Jordan Williams (had high-major offers out of high school), Justin Patton (former leading scorer at Grambling)
PF — Tony Mitchell (enough said), Roger Franklin (Oklahoma State transfer)
C — Keith Coleman (former Nebraska signee)
That is the type of lineup that puts UNT in the conversation for being among the top mid-major teams in the country and the type of team that can make an NCAA tournament run.
The general consensus among the fanbase is, “Of course this does make us one of the top mid-majors.” The reaction on other boards is, “Dude. You have one good player and a bunch of cast-offs.”
Both are right. This is 2012. You just need one transcendent player surrounded by role players to go far in this thing. Mitch can win a game by himself, practically. The rest of that cast is capable of making it so he doesn’t have to. TJ Taylor may have bounced around a couple spots. He may not be committed to North Texas the way you are, with your green truck and dyed hair. That really doesn’t matter because he isn’t here to carry a significant portion of the load. He may be off-putting to you fans of old-school collegiate attitudes. That line about taking his talents to North Texas? I don’t mind it. Excuse the star athlete for having confidence. Also he’s a kid.
Anyway. I don’t see anything but good things coming by getting a 6-4 shooter who can play multiple positions.
That is not just a good thing. That is an excellent thing.