Throughout this century, Texas has been able to pick up more than a handful of 5-star prospects to play in burnt orange at the Erwin Center. Before freshman Mohamed Bamba’s recent decision, former Horn and the Brooklyn Nets’ 22nd overall pick Jarrett Allen was the next 5-star, one and done talent, destined to lead Texas to relative success thanks to his elite skill level.
Despite substandard results on the hardwood from the Longhorn basketball program in the last five seasons, they continue to thrive on the one night the NBA holds its amateur draft.
That Texas tradition continued tonight when freshman center/forward Jarrett Allen was selected by the Brooklyn Nets with the 22nd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
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Our Tim Preston presents the first edition of offseason hoops breakdowns for Shaka Smarts 2017-18 Texas Longhorns.
Team returning, new players arriving, grad transfer news, recruiting info, and Shaka’s 2017 class may not be finished. Enjoy our Memorial Day Humidor.
There’s no other way to put it. Jones’ return isn’t a surprise. It’s also the right decision.
Andrew Jones announced via Twitter he will remove his name from the NBA draft and return to Texas for his sophomore season.
Since Texas head coach Shaka Smart was selected to be the head coach of the USA Basketball U18 national team last April, one third of the players he coached on that team have decided to become Longhorns.
In back-to-back years, Texas has gone toe-to-toe with national blueboods to gain the commitment of a top rated big man. In back-to-back years, they have come out on top.
Consensus five-star 2018 F/C Mohamed Bamba committed to Texas today over offers from Kentucky, Duke, and Michigan among others
While the 2018 class is coming together quite nicely, let’s take an early look at the 2019 Texas targets and the relationships being built. While there are roughly 12-14 spots left in 2018, the 2019 class could and should be Herman’s biggest class in Austin to this point.
Here’s who they love, like, and will further evaluate. Also, some potentially huge hoops recruiting news. It’s a two-Scoop kind of week.
It’s a normal thing that, after the two April Evaluation Periods, Texas will have identified some players who they think can help them and a bevy of sophomore/junior offers will get handed out.
This year, obviously, has been no different.