UNT basketball camps coming up

Sun, Jun 19, 2016 - 1:54pm

By Brett Vito

The North Texas men’s and women’s basketball summer camps are coming up in the next few days.

I have been meaning to give both Tony Benford and Jalie Mitchell a plug here on the blog, where we get the largest audience as far as readership goes. The news kind of got lost in the shuffle of the Rick Villarreal stepping down and the football recruiting rush of the last few days.

There is still time to get kids into the camps that are the big attraction. Here’s more …

Benford’s Little Eagle Camp runs Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon and is open to players in grades 1-3 and...

Freshmen hope to end UNT’s NCAA drought

Fri, May 15, 2015 - 11:48pm

By Brett Vito 

Arriving in a new country with a whole different culture isn’t what Thomas Rosenmueller remembers most about the adjustment process when he arrived at North Texas last fall.

Playing with new teammates and under the direction of a new golf coach didn’t make as much of a lasting impression, either.

Stepping off the plane from England into the blast furnace of the Texas summer for the first time?

That’s what the German native remembers.

“It’s pretty different coming from Europe where there is bad weather to here, where it’s over 90 for eight straight weeks,” Rosenmueller said. “...

UNT women’s hoops roster update

Fri, May 6, 2016 - 8:00am

North Texas backup guard Brooke Jolivette is leaving the program, while incoming recruit Mya Johnson is not expected to join the program next season.

UNT coach Jalie Mitchell confirmed both roster moves late Thursday afternoon.

Jolivette played sparingly last season when she averaged 1.2 points while playing in just 13 games. She joined the Mean Green during the tenure of former coach Mike Petersen.

“Brooke signed with Mike and feels like she could get more of an opportunity somewhere else,” Mitchell said. “We support that.”

UNT has already given Jolivette her release. Her father confirmed...

UNT student hopes for NBA future -- on the sidelines

Thu, Apr 14, 2016 - 8:00am

DENTON -- Inside the Coliseum at the University of North Texas, there is a 23-year-old whose life is devoted to basketball.

His name is Ryan Vargo.

"[I want to use basketball] To make a life for myself," Ryan said.

Ryan isn't a player. For the last four years, he's been a student manager for the men's basketball team at UNT.

"I got into basketball just watching it," he said. "I was never any good at playing."

Ryan is polished, polite and easy-going, but the soon-to-be college graduate could've taken a much different path in life.

"I was told I would never amount to anything," Ryan said. "...

Basketball: Long road brings UNT commit to campus

Fri, Apr 1, 2016 - 8:00am

Shane Temara took the long route to earning his shot to play Division I college basketball.

The 6-9 forward grew up in Syracuse, New York, and played at junior colleges in Florida and Texas before finding his groove late this season at Angelina College.

North Texas coach Tony Benford and his staff noticed and quickly jumped into the race to land Temara, who committed to play for the Mean Green late Thursday night. Temara also had scholarship offers from Texas State, Lamar and Charlotte, one of UNT’s rivals in Conference USA.

Temara averaged 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this season when he showed...