Irving MacArthur's Andrew Jones (10) attempts a layup in a game against Highland Park during the first half of a class 6A first-round playoff game at Lewisville High School in Lewisville on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News)

Men's Basketball

No word on Jarrett Allen yet, but Longhorns still acquiring others

Irving MacArthur guard Andrew Jones signs with UT, Tulane's Dylan Osetkowski will transfer to Austin this summer

Posted April 13th, 2016

Story highlights
  • Jarrett Allen's AAU coach: 'He's just a patient guy, man.'
  • Andrew Jones averaged 30 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists last season at MacArthur.
  • Longhorns will likely see this recruiting cycle continue into the spring.

Wednesday was the first day of the spring signing season, yet there was no word from St. Stephen’s on exactly when 6-9 big man Jarrett Allen will ink his letter of intent. Or which way he’s leaning, either.

The five-star forward has time on his side. The deadline to sign a Division I letter of intent is May  18. Texas, Kentucky and a host of others will gladly wait it out.

Odds are they’d all find a scholarship for Allen no matter when his mind’s made up.


“He’s just a patient guy, man,” said Marland Lowe, Allen’s AAU coach with Texas PRO. “I really couldn’t tell you the reason behind it or anything. It’s the same thing with the rest of the guys. Everybody’s just trying to make the best decision for them.”

Meanwhile, Texas added two players over the last two days to fill out a roster that lost five scholarship seniors and possibly a sixth player if Isaiah Taylor leaves for the NBA.

Irving MacArthur’s Andrew Jones signed on Wednesday to become the third member of Texas’ incoming freshman class. Center James Banks (6-10) and guard Jacob Young (6-1) signed last fall.

Jones, a five-star guard, averaged 30 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists last season in leading MacArthur to a 22-7 record. He’s the 17th player in Longhorns history who participated in the McDonald’s All-American game. He could not be reached for comment.

“I’m extremely excited about the addition of Andrew to our basketball family,” Texas coach Shaka Smart said in a statement. “He brings a terrific skill set, a passion for the game and an exceptional capacity for work. I believe Andrew will make an immediate and profound impact on our program.”

Jones’ paperwork hit the school’s fax machine the morning after Tulane forward Dylan Osetkowski announced he was transferring to UT this summer.

Osetkowski, a 6-8 sophomore, will have to sit out the upcoming season per NCAA transfer rules. He averaged 11.3 points and eight rebounds per game last season with the Green Wave.

“I was just blown away with the visit out there (to Austin),” Osetkowski told the American-Statesman. “Talking with the staff and the guys, I just felt Texas was the best fit for me.

“I wanted to go somewhere I would be appreciated and loved,” he added. “Everything that Texas was saying, everything the players said, everything people outside of Texas said — it was just everything I was looking for.”

On Monday, Smart told the Statesman that the recruiting cycle would “go on into the spring.” There are still plenty of unknowns before the  roster is finalized.

Taylor has until May 25 to decide whether he wants to return for his senior year or go into the NBA draft. Over the next month, NCAA rules allow him to work out for NBA teams and gather more accurate data about his draft potential. Taylor has not hired an agent, thus protecting his amateur status.

The Longhorns are content to wait on Allen, rated the nation’s 23rd-best overall player by 247Sports. Could Allen’s decision trigger a domino effect and lure someone else to Austin? Anything is possible when it comes to recruiting.