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A Conference Player of the Year is entering the 2023 NBA Draft while retaining his eligibility and entering his name into the NCAA transfer portal.

North Texas Mean Green senior Tylor Perry, a 5-foot-11, 182-pound guard from Fort Coffee, Oklahoma, will enter the portal. He spent the 2022-23 season with the Mean Green where he shot 43.7 percent from the floor and 41.3 percent from beyond the arc.

The Athletic’s Tobias Bass was the first to report that Perry would be leaving North Texas, late Monday night. The reigning Conference USA Player of the Year announced his decision shortly after Bass’ report surfaced on social media.

He appeared in 36 games this past season with the Mean Green. Perry averaged 17.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in those contests. He shot 87.2 percent from the free throw line, as well.

Perry scored 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting with a season-high five steals and three assists to help the Mean Green capture the National Invitational Tournament title in a 68-61 win over the UAB Blazers last week. He scored 20-plus points for the fourth time in five NIT contests and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Perry and North Texas knocked off five opponents, including Wisconsin and Oklahoma State, to win the first NIT in program history.

After making program history, Perry will look to move on from North Texas while also receiving feedback from NBA scouts. A potential option for Perry in the transfer portal could be Texas Tech, who just hired former North Texas head coach Grant McCasland for the head job in Lubbock.

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About Sam Neumann

Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.