One thing that the Longhorns wanted to focus on this year, was gaining commitments of some the best big men in the nation. They started off with a bang after grabbing one of the top prospects in the country earlier this year, Cameron Ridley, and then recently added Connor Lammert to that list as well. This week it got even better for the Texas basketball program when they gained yet another verbal commitment from one of the top players in the state.
Prince Ibeh’s recruitment had recently come down to the Arkansas Razorbacks and Texas, but sources had told Inside Texas recently that head coach Rick Barnes and his staff felt very good about their chances. Those feelings were obviously correct. Ibeh, a 6-foot-11, 225-pound center out of Garland, Tex., called up the coaching staff on Thursday afternoon to let them know that he wanted to be a Longhorn. Coming in at No. 7 on the latest update of the Inside Texas Top 20 for basketball, the big center also had offers from the likes of Baylor, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, Florida, Maryland, Arizona, Iowa, Oklahoma and more.The Garland product saw his stock rise dramatically after an impressive summer at various camps, although the Longhorns, and others, have been aware of his talents for quite some time now. Ibeh is an ultra talented, long, post player. He’s an elite defender (pogo stick) that has very good timing and anticipation on the defensive side of the ball. Offensively, he’s a bit rawer, but has good hands and a decent touch. He just needs more time to get a good feel around the basket and has very high upside.With the addition of Ibeh, Texas now has four commitments for the 2012 class. Point guard Javan Felix of New Orleans, La., power forward Connor Lammert of San Antonio, Tex. and center Cameron Ridley of Houston, Tex.
Inside Texas’ Timothy Preston also contributed to this article.