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Horns Grab Another 2011 Hoops Commit

You never know what’s going to happen when it comes to basketball recruiting and Tuesday’s commitment of Pennsylvania power forward Jaylen Bond is a perfect example of that. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Philadelphia native took a visit to Texas this week and last night he decided that Austin was the place for him.
Bond says Texas’ interest in him began not too long ago, when he was attending a showcase event in Florida.“I was there at the showcase,” Bond explained. “My grandfather got a call from Coach (Rob) Lanier. He said he’d like us to come out and from there we went to Texas for a visit.”Once he arrived on campus and got a feel for the school, the decision came easy.“I like the city of Austin a lot,” said Bond. “I like the coaching staff as well. Coach Barnes is a great person both on and off the court. The assistant coaches are also great people. I just loved the campus and it offers a strong academic program too.”Another thing that stood out to him was early playing time. That is, if he gets released to play this upcoming season.“One big plus was playing time,” Bond told Inside Texas. “I have the chance to come in as a freshman and contribute to the team.”He’s also already begun hitting it off with some of the other Texas commitments in the 2011 class as well. Bond is hoping to – no pun intended – create quite the bond with them before even playing.“I have already talked to Sterling (Gibbs) and Myck (Kabongo) some,” he said. “Sterling and I knew each other for a while through AAU. I also played against Myck last year when he was at St. Benedicts. They’re both great players. I’m looking forward to playing with them and bringing another asset to the team.”Bond, originally a Pittsburgh commit, also held offers from West Virginia, Temple, Penn State, St. Josephs, La Salle and others. He’s still currently awaiting a release from the Panthers.