In a continuing sign that Texas coach Shaka Smart’s first recruiting cycle was a success, all three of the Longhorns recruits were ranked in Rivals’ top 150.
The recruiting site’s final list has 2016 McDonald’s All-American Andrew Jones as the No. 22-ranked player in the class. The Irving MacArthur product is a five-star guard according to most recruiting services.
Indiana product James Banks, a 6-foot-10-inch post from La Porte’s La Lumiere School, is the No. 83-ranked recruit in the country and was one of Smart’s first commitments at Texas.
Texas still has three scholarships to hand out.
L.G. Gill won’t be coming to Texas
Duquesne graduate transfer L.G. Gill, a 6-foot-7-inch power forward who had been linked to Texas, will join Maryland next season. With the NBA combine this week, and the NCAA draft deadline next week, more transfers could be making decisions soon.
CBS has Texas ranked in its 2016-17 preseason poll
Yes, we’re six months away from the start of the college basketball season and Texas still has scholarships to hand out, but CBS has updated its “Ridiculously Early Preseason Top 25 (and one)” rankings. Yes, that is a thing.
CBS picks the Longhorns No. 24 and here’s why:
“Isaiah Taylor’s decision to hire an agent and remain in the NBA Draft is a huge blow to the Longhorns. With him, Shaka Smart had a top-20 team. Without him, we might be being generous to keep Texas in the Top 25 (and one).”
Also notable is CBS is staying out of the Jarrett Allen discussion, as they should. The network that gave us Everybody Loves Raymond and How I Met Your Mother is not willing to dive into that rabbit hole.
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