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AUSTIN, Texas – Martez Walker (Detroit, Mich.) has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball next season at The University of Texas, head coach Rick Barnes announced Thursday. Walker becomes the fourth signee for the Longhorns in the 2013-14 recruiting class, joining guards Demarcus Croaker (Orlando, Fla.), Isaiah Taylor (Oakland, Calif.) and Kendal Yancy (Richardson, Texas).
Walker, a left-handed guard from Pershing High School who played under coach Wydell Henry, averaged a team-best 20.4 points and seven rebounds per game while leading Pershing to a 25-1 mark and the Michigan Class A state quarterfinals during his senior season. Walker earned a spot on the Class A All-State First Team by the Detroit Free Press as a senior. In his two years at Pershing, he led the Doughboys to a 46-4 overall record, including a 22-0 mark in league play.
“Martez is an unorthodox player who has a knack for scoring,” said Texas coach Rick Barnes. “What’s exciting about Martez and the thing that gives him a chance to be really good at our level is his competitive nature. Like most young guys, he’ll have to get stronger. When he does, his ability to score the basketball along with his mental toughness and his passion to compete will allow him to be very successful.
“When you take a look at this four-player class as a whole, we obviously made a concerted effort to improve our skill and athleticism on the perimeter,” Barnes added. “We also believe we’ve added some natural scoring ability to our team. Our staff is excited to begin working with these four young men on campus this summer and see them mesh with our returning players, who have really worked hard and improved this spring.”
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The 2012-13 team's position in conference in various statistical categories:
3 pt % -- 9th
3 pt % defense -- 4th
assists -- 8th
steals -- 6th
TO margin -- 7th
A/T ratio -- 8th
Those stats show a need to improve play on the perimeter. Now the issue will be whether the new guys are better than the guys who are (or might still be) leaving. The problems with McClellan and Kabongo weren't about their level of athleticism so much as they were problems with the level of their motivation and ability to shoot.
There were a couple of other little matters that needed addressing:
def. rb. % -- 9th
FT % -- 8th
I guess we just hope a year's improvement by the front line players will bring those numbers up.
Yea verily! And, they shall go forth into the off season and become prolific in the ways of all manner of successes upon the basketball court!
MY God captain the Ship is about to Blow! Let Spock handle it. Just give them a chance to work on their games. Chapman, IBEH and Randle at one time or another shows flashes. As for Holmes he already has three fouls on him for the first game of the year. If only he could get that three ball more consistent.
Interesting that he said their focus was on the perimeter. It was forced to the printer when you couldn't land a small forward or Randle. That forced it to a perimeter recruiting class. Sometimes I get the feeling Barnes knows this is a football town and thinks anybody who may like basketball are a bunch of idiots who are easily persuaded. I like the class but, don't come out and say this is what we wanted.
Jordan, I am not sure what Chapman, who is no longer with us, and Randle, who will not be with us, have to do with this discussion. But with regards to Holmes, I have a sneaky suspicion that he may come back better than most expect. If I remember correctly, he was playing pretty well before his injury, and his first year was much better than anybody expected. Remember that he came back pretty quickly from a broken bone in his hand, and I think that folks are remembering mostly his play after he came back, which was compromised by the injury. Looking back over the last two years, I seem to remember a very hard working albeit undersized four who can outquick bigger, slower true fours and can pull those bigger, slower fours out to the perimeter. Other than after his injury this year, I seem to remember that he hit the three fairly well. That being said, that does not make him a true three that most agree we need - but a valuable piece to the puzzle nevertheless.
Bierce, I am statistically challenged. Can you offer any insight here?
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by BudreauReye 11 months ago
I would say the perimeter was the biggest need unless you wanted to depend on Felix and Holland.......
Holmes was shooting a decent clip before the injury. Pre-injury he shot .482 overall, 10/33 .303 bta, and 45/81 .556 ita. That's a non-passing grade on three-pointers in my book, but he started the year 2/14, so it appeared he found his stroke in mid-December. After the injury, he shot just .375 overall.
Where he really, really fell off was in rebounding. He had 127 rebounds in 400 minutes before the injury. He grabbed only 34 in 194 minutes after the injury. His blocks and steals went way down as well. The only thing he did better was reduce turnovers, but he wasn't handling the ball nearly as much as before.
It certainly became the biggest need with the loss of Kabongo and McClellan (and maybe Lewis).
Thanks, bierce. That is what I seemed to remember. It seemed to me that he came back way too early and decided to play with pain. Commendable, but probably not so smart in the long run. I would expect him to pick up where he was before this year's injury, next year - plus some improvement over the summer, I would hope.
This post was edited by BudreauReye 11 months ago
Because.... maybe... he had A BROKEN HAND!!! and wasn't very confident handling the ball.
I'm just marveling at my ability to connect the dots here. It happens so seldom...
“Kansas may wind up number one in these polls, but that would be so unfair to Texas...” -- Len Elmore, 2/13/11
Yep, that's the deal there, all right. I remember discussing with gordosan the (f)utility of Holmes playing just three weeks after breaking a bone in his hand.
Of course, Kabongo had returned and was playing 38 minutes a game. That probably also had a little to do with other guys not having the ball in their hands as much.
This post was edited by bierce 11 months ago
Sorry meant Lammert
Your point was well taken. I just got a little confuseded. The mixing of names is a little like the mixing of metaphors. We just have to get all of our ducks on the same page.
Texas turned the ball over 500 times last year. The guards were responsible for 55% of those. When a team shoots as poorly as Texas did last year, giving away so many possessions really makes it hard to score.
Signing guys who can actually handle a basketball, as well as possibly shoot it better, seems like a positive move. Besides, as is often the case, we saw the importance of guard play in the NCAA finals. Being able to get your own shot is a big deal.
All four of these guys seem like they are very athletic with a ton of upside ... If their talents are coached up. Let's see what Barnes and Co. actually have in the tank.
I wonder how Clarkson would have done here this past season if he had been allowed to transfer. Where did he go? How did he do? He would have taken some pressure of McClellan.
The turnover stat should improve quite a bit with the Freshmen getting a year under their belt ... Hopefully.
Good points all around ... seems like most everyone is skeptical of our chances next year, and probably rightfully so after the last couple of years.
I am looking forward to seeing how this team turns out over the next couple of years. The incoming guys have lots of athleticism and upside as sundancekid says, and our forecourt players seem to have some intriguing mix and match lineups. If Lewis stays and Croaker does not have grade/test score problems, we will have the possibility of a pretty deep team with the proof in off season improvements. It will be time for that new recruiting philosophy to show itself - hopefully sooner rather than later.
Man, you are one of my favorite posters by far. You show much integrity, unbridled optimism and a light demeanor, thing much needed on forums such as these. I don't know why people choose to take things so seriously that they create misery for themselves and try to for others. I thank for your wisdom, patience and humor BudreauRae.
Dang, you got me blushing! I appreciate your kind words. I do have at least one shortcoming ... I do not have much patience for posters who resort to name calling ... and I should just ignore them ... and I know that I do have a pretty weak sense of humor by some standards, but in spite of that, I have a pretty high opinion of said sense of humor ... and you might become the object of said sense of humor one day ... and it will not be personal, but intended for the Greater Entertainment of All, whether all wants it or not ... Well, I guess that is about three and a half things ... so I guess you can add poor counting ability and post planning ability to that! ;)
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by BudreauReye 11 months ago
Clarkson went to Missouri and sat out the year.
My only complaint against BudreauReye is that he once had the entire panoply of kyrtill and roggvarafeldur humor at his disposal, but he missed his cue and only accused me of not actually knowing the girl I won't introduce to him.
Listen bierce, good grudges are hard to come by! I make no apologies! I go straight for the jugsular! Nyuk, Nyuk! Wink. Wink! Nudge, Nudge!
Bob's your uncle?
Unless I am my own grandpa, Bob's not old enough!
the most confusing song ever! but it is possible just use the diagram to help you!
For Crist Sake! No humor? All the does is joke, the only problem is they are not funny. Who is this girl that Bierce won't introduce you to? Maybe I should meet her. You will just talk about Bigfoots all day long.
There is so much wrong here! Where do I start? ;)
You said, "For Crist Sake!" I have never had Crist Sake ... I am partial to Tito's Vodka!
You said, "No humor?" I do not smoke, so I do not have a humidor.
You said, "All the does is joke," If I didn't. I'd just be cryin' on the inside! ... And, you think I irritate you now! Besides, you get what you pay for!
You said, "Who is this girl that Bierce won't introduce you to?" He sez it is his girlfriend. He is too old for her. She is TWELVE!
You said, "Maybe I should meet her." She is TWELVE!
You said, "You will just talk about Bigfoots all day long." Why you talkin' 'bout my grandma like that?
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