UNT Jamaica

North Texas head coach Grant McCasland cuts down the net after his team defeats San Francisco in the third game of the College Basketball Invitational final at the Super Pit at the end of the 2017-18 season. UNT will play in the Jamaica Classic in November.

North Texas has made multiple stops in tourist destinations in the two seasons Grant McCasland has guided the program.

UNT spent nine days in Italy last summer and played in the Rainbow Classic in Hawaii a few months later.

Up next?

A trip to Jamaica.

UNT will play in the Jamaica Classic on Nov. 22-24, the school announced on Monday. The eight-team event is entering its third year.

LSU, Nicholls State, Utah State, Rhode Island, North Carolina A&T, Samford and Maryland Baltimore County will also participate in the event that will be played in the resort town of Montego Bay.

“We’re excited to showcase Mean Green basketball on a national stage in the Caribbean,” UNT coach Grant McCasland said in a statement. “The Jamaica Classic is high-caliber and competitive games seen on a national spotlight, which is a great way for us to start our season. We can’t wait to go to Jamaica in November and have a great showing from our fan base to help paint Montego Bay green.”

The tournament schedule will be announced at a later date. CBS Sports will carry each of the games on its broadcast and streaming platforms.

UNT finished 21-12 last season after falling to Western Kentucky in the second round of the Conference USA tournament. The Mean Green have won at least 20 games in back-to-back seasons and return several key players, including guards Umoja Gibson and Roosevelt Smart in addition to forward Zachary Simmons.

Gibson led UNT with an average of 12.6 points per game and was a member of the All-Conference USA Freshman team last season. Smart averaged 10.7 points per game, while Simmons added 10.2.

UNT recently added four transfers to complete a five-man recruiting class McCasland expects to bolster his team. UNT lost its only member of C-USA’s three all-league teams after last season when third-team guard Ryan Woolridge left the program as a graduate transfer.

UNT’s incoming recruiting class includes Northwest Florida State College point guard Javion Hamlet. McCasland named Hamlet as the most important of his five newcomers during the first stop of UNT’s annual coaches caravan on Saturday.

Hamlet is expected to replace Woolridge in UNT’s lineup.

UNT also added transfer forwards Deng Geu (North Dakota State) and Thomas Bell III (Kaskaskia College) in addition to guards James Reese (Odessa College) and Jalen Jackson of San Antonio Wagner, the lone high school signee in UNT’s class.

UNT will also have forward Abdul Mohamed and guard Larry Wise available after they spent last season as redshirts.

BRETT VITO can be reached at 940-566-6870 and via Twitter at @brettvito.

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