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Recruiting: UT Basketball adds first 2021 commit

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Texas added it’s first hoops pledge today with 6’9 small forward Keeyan Itejere from Grace Christian in North Carolina.

Itejere tells ESPN he has committed to Texas:

“Coach Shaka Smart believes in me and is excited to help me reach my potential as a player and a person.”

From Tim Preston:

Overall, I’d say I dig this take. Never hurts to take flyers on flyers and late bloomers especially when you have the interior recruiting track record Shaka’s had in Austin. I don’t expect this to be the only big in the 2021 class (nor the best, obviously, from a rankings standpoint) and this take does give some ideas of how they are looking to proceed after the impending exodus (Coleman/Sims/Hamm/Brown, at a minimum). Programs need guys like this to fill out a 13 player roster.

After catching some highlights:

  • Certainly looks the part (length/defensive timing/explosiveness)
  • Will be interesting to see his body fill out even over the next 10 months. If there’s another couple of inches growth, his movement is pretty special at that size.
  • His hitch on his load when he shoots is pretty ugly, but the release and follow through suggest decent potential.
  • Would have appreciated some clips of his screening (perhaps that’s not a staple of the system he plays in, but still).
  • Would also have appreciated some clips of his free throw shooting *shrug emoji*