Boys basketball: Mohair has change of heart on UTSA

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Last season, Ryan senior Trey Mohair willed the Raiders’ basketball team to a Class 4A state tournament appearance, pushing the team through the postseason.

Well before the basketball season started, Mohair had already decided to attend Texas-San Antonio to play football. The decision was solidified and he had signed his national letter of intent, displaying his choice from his apparel to his social media content.

But after the successful run in the basketball playoffs, Mohair changed his mind. Mohair has been released from his letter for about three weeks and is looking to play college basketball now, according to his father. Mohair could not be reached for comment.

Mohair was headed to UTSA to be a defensive back for the new Division I program. But the two-sport athlete opted instead to choose a different route.

“When a kid has an opportunity to go play college athletics in one of two different sports, it kind of comes down to what he wants ultimately,” Ryan head basketball coach Bryce Overstreet said. “He had opportunities to go either direction, and he chose basketball.”

The senior averaged 19.7 points per game in his fourth year as a starter. Mohair hit huge shots all season for Overstreet, including a game-winning layup against Fort Worth Trimble Tech in the regional tournament.

The Texas Association of Basketball Coaches named Mohair to the Class 4A all-state team.

Overstreet mentioned Southern Nazarene, McMurry, Southwestern Assemblies of God and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma as possible destinations for Mohair.

Overstreet said Mohair started becoming indecisive about his college plans with about a month left in the season. But with Mohair’s attention solely fixated on the basketball court, Overstreet said his former player would benefit greatly.

“He’s always split time when it comes to football and basketball, and now that he’s committed to playing basketball year-round at that level, I think he’ll progress very quickly,” Overstreet said. “I think he’ll be an asset wherever he decides to go.”

In football, Mohair played both wide receiver and in the defensive secondary for Ryan head coach Joey Florence. Last season, he had four interceptions, 41 tackles and three defensive touchdowns.

Florence said he believes Mohair will be successful in whatever he does.

“His dad has been very hard on him coming up and very tough on him, and it’s made him into a tough competitor,” Florence said. “Whatever that kid plays, he’s going to be a winner.”

BEN BABY can be reached 940-566-6869. His e-mail address is bbaby@dentonrc.com .

 


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