Texas' Andrew Jones, left, celebrates scoring against Eastern Washington with Jarrett Allen during a NCAA college basketball game at the Frank Erwin Center Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Texas men atop of Big 12 hoops recruiting rankings following early signing period

Posted November 21st, 2016

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The early signing period for men’s basketball is over, and Texas will wade into the spring recruiting period with a talented class already in hand.

In fact, they enter with the best class in the Big 12 for the second year in a row.

The Longhorns’ current crop of recruits remain at the top of the Big 12, according to 247 Sports, and No. 11 overall. Despite Kansas nailing down the Big 12’s first 5-star recruit on Friday, forward Billy Preston, Texas’ current class of three 4-star recruits keeps them far ahead of the Jayhawks (26) in 247 Sports team rankings.

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Texas’ class is highlighted by the No. 54-ranked player in the country in forward Jericho Sims. Jase Febres, the No. 4-ranked Texas prospect and No. 50 overall, and Royce Hamm, the No. 7-ranked prospect in Texas and No. 85 overall, round out the class.

Texas is likely far from done. The Longhorns are pursuing a handful of high-profile recruits like guard Matt Coleman and forward Mohamed Bamba who both visited last month.

According to 247 Sports, the Longhorns are also in the mix for 5-star small forward Jarred Vanderbilt. The Houston product is the only Class of 2017 player ranked in 247 Sports’ Texas top 10 who has yet to sign or commit. The state’s No. 1 prospect, P.J. Washington of Dallas, signed with Kentucky, while No. 3-ranked Marcus Garrett is headed to Kansas.

The spring signing period will begin April 12, 2017 but that won’t prevent any recruit from committing to Texas before then.

Last season Texas hauled in three of the state’s top 10 players, including 5-star center Jarrett Allen, and finished with the fifth-best recruiting class in the nation.

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