Texas coach Shaka Smart reacts as his team plays the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Frank Erwin Center on February 16, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Royce Hamm becomes first Texas hoops commitment for 2017

Posted July 1st, 2016

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Texas coach Shaka Smart had to replace seven scholarship players this season, but he’s already got an eye on 2017.

Houston-area power forward Royce Hamm, who plays at Aldine Davis, announced Friday he has committed to the Longhorns, becoming the first player in UT’s signing class for next season.

“With a lot of praying and talks with my family and friends, I will be furthering my education and basketball career at THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS,” Hamm tweeted midday Friday.

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Hamm, a four-star prospect, is considered the 111th-best player in the nation and 10th-best in Texas, according to 247sports. He held offers from diverse schools, including Kansas State, Nebraska and Texas Tech.

Texas may sign about four players for the 2017 season, although that is a moving target based on other factors. Guard Kendal Yancy, center Shaq Cleare and forward Mareik Isom are currently the only three seniors on this year’s roster.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

Here’s a look at Royce Hamm’s Hudl highlight video from his junior season at Aldine Davis.

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