The men’s basketball team announced its “Texas Tip-Off” will take place on Oct. 20, but it’s unlikely Shaka Smart and his staff just picked the date at random. Arriving for a visit around the same time is a 4-star recruit who’s been scheduled to make his official visit for weeks.
Kimani Lawrence, a 6-foot-7-inch forward from Ashburnham, Mass., who plays high school in New Hampshire, is set to visit campus on Oct. 21, the day after the event. Although it’s unconfirmed, the chances that Lawrence will catch some of the action is probably pretty high. Lawrence cut his list of schools to five on Sept. 6 and included Texas, Arizona State, Florida, Pittsburgh and the University of Southern California.
His Texas visit will be the last of those five schools after visiting ASU on Sept. 23, USC scheduled for tomorrow, followed by Pitt on Oct. 7 and Florida on Oct. 14.
Lawrence may not be the only target to visit during the tip-off event, as Texas has plenty of time for targets to schedule a visit that week.
The recruiting season is already boiling for the Class of 2017, especially in the Big 12. Reigning Big 12 champion Kansas hosts its version of a tip-off event, or Midnight Madness for those old school hoops fans, Saturday with “Late Night in the Phog.” The Jayhawks have four recruits in Lawrence this weekend to catch the festivities, including three five-star prospects.
Seven days after the tip-off event is set to be a big weekend for Texas basketball. Five-star recruit P.J. Washington, currently the only 5-star set for an official visit, will travel to Austin with Matt Coleman, a 4-star recruit from Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. Washington, a 6-foot-7-inch forward, hails from Findley Prep in Nevada. Coleman, a 6-foot point guard, is the No. 8-rated guard according to 247 Sports, while Washington is the No. 15-rated player in the nation.
Texas has two 2017 players already committed in Jericho Sims and Royce Hamm.
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