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Sophomores Rickey Brice and Ja’Michael Brown transferring out of North Texas

Sophomores Rickey Brice and Ja’Michael Brown transferring out of North Texas

April 14
14:08 2017

After two seasons with the Mean Green men’s basketball team, sophomores Ja’Michael Brown and Rickey Brice Jr. are transferring.

Brice was the first seven-footer to sign with North Texas since Sean Riley in 1994. Last year, Brice appeared in 27 games, starting 11, and averaged 5.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

Brown appeared in 62 games for North Texas the past two seasons. He averaged 8.0 points per game during his freshman campaign, but averaged just 5.8 points per game in 2016. In his freshman season he started 18 games. Last year he started only 12.

Men’s basketball head coach Grant McCasland said Brown’s decision to leave ultimately boiled down to one thing.

“He wanted to be close to home,” said head coach Grant McCasland. “I’m excited about his future and where he’s headed because I feel he he has a great direction on where he’s headed and what’s best for his family.”

Brown and Brice were both recruited by former head coach Tony Benford, who did not return at the end of last season when North Texas went 8-22 and failed to qualify for the Conference USA tournament.

The transfers came exactly one week after junior forward Jeremy Combs announced he was leaving the program April 7.

Sports editor Reece Waddell contributed to this report.

Featured image: North Texas sophomore guard Ja’Michael Brown (3) hits a 3-point jumper against Jarvis Christian in 2015. Colin Mitchell 

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