Head coach Shaka Smart of the Texas Longhorns reacts as his team plays the Vanderbilt Commodores at the Frank Erwin Center on January 30, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)

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Longhorns land 6-8 forward Jericho Sims for 2017 recruiting class

Sims set to become the second player from the 2017 ESPN 100 list to join Shaka Smart's program

Posted August 30th, 2016

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Texas men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart started his Tuesday with some good news. The Longhorns picked up a commitment from 6-foot-8 forward Jericho Sims, according to a source.

Sims is the 67th-best prospect in the 2017 recruiting class, according to ESPN. He’s slotted 73rd overall by 247Sports but has been moving up everyone’s charts lately.

The Minneapolis standout visited Texas this past weekend on what was his only known official visit anywhere. Several recruiting services have reported that Sims does not plan on taking any more official visits.

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“I thought it was really good, good time in Austin,” Sims told Orangebloods. “The coaches were basically with me a lot of the time, they cared me about me coming down there and wanted me to come down. They really like me as a person. I’m their main guy. Just had a good time with coach (Shaka) Smart, coach (Darrin) Horn, met the whole staff. They want me down there.”

The UT staff was clearly fired up about Sims’ decision. “GREAT start to the day!! #Hookem,” assistant Mike Morrell tweeted.

Sims becomes the second UT commitment for the 2017 class and the second pickup from the ESPN 100. Houston-area power forward Royce Hamm committed on July 1. The four-star prospect is considered the 10th-best player in Texas, according to recruiting services.

In other basketball recruiting news, Nevada prep star P.J. Washington announced on Twitter that he’ll be visiting Texas the final weekend of October. Washington, the 17th-best player in the nation, played for Smart on the Team USA Under-18 team that competed in Chile.

The Texas coaches are also chasing 6-foot-2 guard Matt Coleman, who also played for Smart this summer. Coleman is ranked 33rd nationally by 247Sports.

The Longhorns could sign five players total in the class. The first opportunity basketball players can sign national letters of intent comes in November.

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

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