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Men's basketball: Guard commits to Mean Green

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By Brett Vito / Staff Writer

Greg White-Pittman needed some time to find the right fit when it came to a college at which to continue his basketball career.

Once White-Pittman got a closer look at North Texas late this week, he was convinced he had found the right place. The 6-foot-2 combo guard committed to UNT late Friday while on an official visit that began Thursday.

White-Pittman averaged 25.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game as a senior, when he was named the Class 5A MVP in Louisiana. He originally committed to Tulane before parting ways with the school.

The New Orleans Holy Cross standout has family in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

UNT entered the picture in the last few weeks and landed a late addition to its recruiting class.

“I got along well with the coaches,” White-Pittman said. “They made me feel like I was at home. I enjoyed the campus and it’s close to family. It will be a good fit with family support and the education.”

White-Pittman sat down with UNT coach Tony Benford, watched film of the Mean Green and talked about what his role would be and the up-tempo system the Mean Green plans to use next season. He met current UNT players Jordan Williams and Colin Voss.

“After watching film and talking to coach Benford, it seems like a perfect fit,” White-Pittman said. “I felt like it was meant for me and my style of play.

“I like to play in transition, get other players involved, put the ball in the basket and have fun while doing it.”

White-Pittman also considered Auburn and New Orleans after decommitting from Tulane.

White-Pittman will move to Denton in the next few weeks and join a largely revamped team that will include several newcomers in the backcourt, including junior college guards Todd Eaglin, Carrington Ward and DeAndre Harris. Eaglin is expected to see time at point guard, while Ward and Harris are shooting guards.

The Mean Green also returns point guard Chris Jones in addition to a trio of wing players in Williams, T.J. Taylor and Maurice Aniefiok.

UNT is hoping that stable of guards will help it push the tempo in its third season under Benford and its second in Conference USA.

UNT finished 16-16 in its second season under Benford and advanced to the second round of the C-USA tournament before falling to Tulane.