Former UTA player Jabari Johnson launched The Protégé Mentoring and Life Skills Program.
The Mavericks spent a week practicing in the P.E. Building.
UT Arlington had its first official practice for the 2014-15 season Friday at College Park Center.
Kenneth Mangrum comes to UTA after being an assistant at Sam Houston State.
Bleacher Report predicted Erick Neal would win the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year.
Scott Cross has presided over the most successful era in Maverick Basketball since taking over the program in 2006. Cross has compiled a record of 137-113 over eight seasons. Of the top five seasons in UT Arlington history, Cross has coached three of those teams, including the top two.
The Mavericks have gone to the postseason three times under his watch, including back-to-back trips in 2011-12 and 2012-13. That marked the first consecutive postseasons in program history. Over that two-year span, only two of Texas' 21 Division I programs own more wins than the Mavericks' 43.
UT Arlington had only one postseason trip in the 46 years prior to Cross' arrival. He's the only men's basketball coach in school history with a winning record.
Cross' first head coaching job has produced a long list of school records, firsts and accomplishments. Known as a tireless worker, excellent recruiter and great ambassador for his program, Cross is poised to lead the men's basketball program to even greater heights.
The following players coached by Cross have signed professional contracts: Derrick Obasohan, Anthony Vereen, Dwight Gentry II, Cardell Hunter, Marquez Haynes, Jarrett Howell, Jermaine Griffin, Lamarcus Reed III, Bo Ingram, Stephen Barber, Jordan Reves, Kevin Butler, Karol Gruszecki, Reger Dowell, Brandon Edwards and Myles Guidry.
Cross led his alma mater into its new home, as the Mavericks moved into the state-of-the-art College Park Center on Feb. 1, 2012. Cross has also guided the program from the Southland Conference to the Western Athletic Conference to the Sun Belt Conference.
During his first eight seasons, Cross guided the Mavericks to a postseason tournament appearances in NCAA (2008), NIT (2012) and CIT (2013). UT Arlington won a SLC Tournament Championship in 2008, and won the 2011-12 regular season Southland Conference Championship. The Mavericks reached the championship game of the WAC Tournament in 2013.
Coach Cross was named 2012 Southland Conference Coach of the Year, 2012 NABC District 23 Coach of the Year and a 2012 Finalist for the Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year.
Cross led the Mavericks to the 2008 NCAA Tournament, the first time in school history UTA made an appearance in the Big Dance. The Mavericks defeated Northwestern State in the Southland Conference finals to punch their ticket. The 2008 team had the best start in school history at 8-0. During the season the Mavericks were ranked for the first time in the collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, reaching a high of No. 14 in December of 2007.
From the end of the 2007 season throughout the 2008 season, Cross led the Mavericks to a school-record 17 consecutive home wins at Texas Hall. The 2011-12 Mavericks set a school record with a 16-game winning streak. That team also won its first 15 conference games.
Cross was named the head coach of his alma mater on April 21, 2006 after serving as an assistant coach for the previous eight seasons.
A three-year letter winner at UT Arlington from 1995-98, Cross gained the reputation as both a fierce competitor on the court and a scholar-athlete off the floor. As a player, Cross appeared in 82 games for UTA, including 58 in the starting lineup. As a senior, Cross averaged 11.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, while converting a team-high 41.5 percent of his 3-point shots, second best in the Southland Conference.
In the classroom, Cross set the standard for UT Arlington basketball. He was a two-time GTE/College Sports Information Directors of America Basketball Academic All-American, earning third team as a junior and second team honors as a senior. Cross graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade point average in marketing.
Cross is married to the former Jennifer Harris, who played volleyball for the Mavericks from 1995-98. The couple resides in Arlington and has three sons: Austin, Cody and Tyler.
Top Five Seasons in UT Arlington Men's Basketball History: