In this photo provided by Virginia Commonwealth, VCU head coach Shaka Smart celebrates with his team after winning the Southwest regional final game against Kansas in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 27, 2011, in San Antonio. VCU won 71-61. Photo by Scott K. Brown via AP Photo/Virginia Commonwealth

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Texas basketball signees make Rivals 150, CBS updates 2016-17 rankings

Posted May 10th, 2016

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East guard Andrew Jones (10) from Irving MacArthur dribbles against the West center Zach Collins from Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, Nev., during the McDonald's All-American boys basketball game, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in Chicago. Jones signed his letter of intent with the Longhorns on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
East guard Andrew Jones (10) from Irving MacArthur dribbles against the West center Zach Collins from Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, Nev., during the McDonald’s All-American boys basketball game, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in Chicago. Jones signed his letter of intent with the Longhorns on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

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.

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Houston Yates guard Jacob Young rounds out the list at No. 107. The four-star guard, along with Jones and Banks, are already signed and waiting to walk on campus.

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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