Texas's Isaiah Taylor celebrates with his teammates and fans after beating Oklahoma 76-63 during the of the NCAA men's college basketball game at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Tex., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Report: Taylor, Ibeh sign with NBA teams

Posted June 25th, 2016

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Texas center Prince Ibeh stepped in for the injured Cam Ridley and helped the Longhorns finish fourth in Big 12 play this season. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Texas center Prince Ibeh stepped in for the injured Cam Ridley and helped the Longhorns finish fourth in Big 12 play this season. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Texas Longhorns were shut out of the NBA Draft on Thursday, but there will be Texas rookies at the association’s annual summer league in Las Vegas.

According to various reports, Isaiah Taylor has agreed to a deal with the Houston Rockets, while Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Prince Ibeh has agreed with the Milwaukee Bucks. 

Ibeh’s NBA stock was rising during the season as the 6-foot-10-inch center made a habit of swatting shots and grabbing rebounds. He blossomed under new coach Shaka Smart as he helped fill the void left by injured Cameron Ridley, who (along with fellow Texas senior Conner Lammert) has not been reported as signing with an NBA team yet.

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Taylor left Texas a year early after the lightly recruited point guard exploded on the scene as a freshman and became the centerpiece of the Longhorns’ last two squads. He flirted with the NBA draft after his sophomore season but chose to return to campus. He declared for the draft earlier this spring following his All-Big 12 junior year and decided at first not to hire an agent.

After about a month, Taylor decided to fully commit to the NBA and hired an agent.

Taylor joins former Kentucky and Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer as undrafted Rockets signees. Taylor will also have to compete with the son of former NBA great Gary Payton, Gary Payton III, who signed a three-year deal with the Rockets. 

The Bucks  surprised some NBA draft gurus with the selection of center Thon Maker, who entered the draft after playing at a prep school and skipping college basketball, with the 10th pick and continued to add tall, athletic centers with Ibeh. Maker and Ibeh should be manning the paint in Las Vegas for the Bucks.

Former Longhorn Sheldon McClellan, who transferred to Miami, signed a deal with the Washington Wizards along with Texas A&M standout Danuel House.

 

 

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