Oak Hill Academy's Matt Coleman #2 in action against Nathan Hale during the second half of a high school basketball game at the 2017 Hoophall Classic on Monday, January 16, 2017, in Springfield, MA. Nathan Hale won 80-77. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

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2017 Texas basketball recruits land in final ESPN top 100 rankings

Posted April 18th, 2017

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ESPN’s final recruiting rankings for the 2017 class are in, and the Texas Longhorns’ highly-lauded recruiting class is living up to the billing. The current four-man class has three players in the top 100 and one of the programs top recruiting targets is third on the list.

Point guard Matt Coleman, the current gem of the Texas class who signed last week, is No. 29 in ESPN’s rankings, followed by Jericho Sims at No. 64 and Royce Hamm at No. 79.

Mohamed Bamba, the top-rated uncommitted prospect in the country, is No. 3 on ESPN’s list. He narrowed his options to four teams several months ago, naming Texas, Michigan, Kentucky and Duke as finalists. The 7-foot, 216 pound center has not set a date for his commitment.

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CHICAGO, IL – MARCH 27: Mohamed Bamba goes up for a dunk during the 2017 McDonald’s All American games POWERADE Jam Fest on March 27, 2017 at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Coleman committed to the Longhorns in January and fills an immediate need for the Longhorns.

“He’s one of those guys that when he’s on the floor, anyone else playing with him takes a step forward, regardless of what position they’re playing,” Texas coach Shaka Smart told reporters last week following Coleman’s signing.

 Smart was interviewed by Statesman beat writer Brian Davis last week and spoke of all his incoming recruits, including Jase Febres, a four-star recruit who did not make ESPN’s top 100.

“Jericho (Sims) is the one who jumps off the screen. But it’s really going to be about who can make the transition the best. I think they all are guys who can become really good players here. It’s just a matter of how quickly can they get their feet under them. We’re really excited about Jase (Fabres). I’m really hopeful he can make that adjustment somewhat smoothly. He can do something we really need, which is shoot the ball from outside. Royce Hamm physically can compete with guys just based on his body and athleticism, and he has a good well-rounded skill set. And then Matt will be really impressive just from the standpoint of knowing how to make people better.”

Per NCAA rules, coaches cannot comment on unsigned players, so Bamba’s breakdown will have to wait, and so would any other comments on recruits. Texas has three scholarships currently available. That number could increase if Andrew Jones decides to stay in the NBA Draft.

 

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