GILLETTE, Wyo.--On Wednesday, outgoing Gillette College Pronghorn Muhammed Ahmed officially signed to play for the University of North Texas next season. He will have two years of eligibility with the team.
The University of North Texas is a Division I program in Denton and a member school of Conference USA. Ahmed will be the third Pronghorn in the team's five year history to transfer to a Division I institution. DeJuan Wright and James Hunter are the other two D-I transfers in Gillette College men's basketball history. Wright went to Florida International University and Hunter transferred to Washington State University after playing his freshman year at Gillette College.
“We're just really pleased that Muhammed will get a chance to play at the Division I level next year. He had a great season, had a great year for us and his work ethic and his character, he's definitely getting rewarded for that,” Pronghorn Head Coach Shawn Neary said.
This signing shows the value of Assistant Coach Tony Schamber of the Pronghorns. Schamber was brought on by Neary for not only his coaching abilities, but his recruiting contacts as well. Schamber was the director of player development at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln the same time David Anwar was on the coaching staff. Anwar is now an assistant coach with the University of North Texas.
Head Coach Tony Benford of the UNT Mean Machine mentioned how Assistant Coach Anwar boasted about Ahmed's character, attitude, and work ethic.
In the team's press release, Coach Benford mentioned that Ahmed is “a versatile inside-out player that can fill multiple roles on the court.”
In a phone interview with Basin Radio Network, Benford elaborated on how Ahmed will be used.
“We see him play the [small and power] forwards. He'll be able with his ability to step right in and help us right away.”
Benford thinks Ahmed will “make a huge impact here on our team and also in [the] Conference USA next year.”
The signing is big for Gillette College, too.
"You know, anytime our guys are able to sign at the Division I level it's a good sign. It's good for our program that our players are moving on and they're continuing their basketball and their education,” Neary mentioned.
Coach Benford stated that, “We want kids from winning programs that have been coached hard and coached the right way.” He also loved the way Neary coaches at Gillette College.
“I think he's going to really represent [Gillette College] and do a great job at North Texas,” Neary added.
Muhammed transferred to the Pronghorns for his sophomore season after playing his freshman year at Miami-Dade Community College. As a Pronghorn, the forward averaged 17.6 points and seven rebounds a game. He was named as a third team All-American of the NJCAA earlier this month. Ahmed had a strong presence inside for Gillette College. In the second half of the regular season and playoffs, he started to make his mark out side the arc, too.