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I don't have near the ability of NYHorn to dig this stuff out (not being signed up with Twitter, among other things), but in homage to NYHorn, I'll do what I can. I can't speak for everyone else, but I miss NYHorn's recruiting notes very much.
Don't expect this to be all good news. In my recent attempts to find news of the Big 12 basketball teams, I find a lot more information about other schools. Whether that is due to the Texas coaching staff's stealth or inactivity, I have no idea.
About a month ago, Abdul Malik-Abu was mentioned as a guy Texas had a lot of interest in. In an article today, he comments about the schools that are coming at him the hardest. Texas did not get a comment.
ISU, KU, and KSU did.
Zimmerman added offer from Louisville, Ohio State, St. John's. He'll get to go wherever he wants.
Lattin has singled out USC, Georgetown, OU, and Louisville for unofficial visits.
Man...like watching a sinking ship..................
Unless Texas finds a player that has a special connection to UT, then I think it's going to be a very uneventful, unspectacular 2014 recruiting class.
1) What immediate playing time does Texas have to offer any recruit right now? Almost ZERO at every position! If the staff is guaranteeing playing time, then what does that say about the players we already have? The only way PT would be available is if a guy like Cameron Ridley or Prince Ibeh went pro early (try to contain your laughter), but we wont know that until the next spring when many of the top studs will be signed elsewhere.
2) The basketball program has no momentum, and no luster/magic about it at all currently. The staff would have to do one hell of a sells pitch to any Top recruit in order to land them.
3) Reputation...right now it stinks. Under-performing as a team, transfers, past team discord...these are things that AAU power mongers and rival college coaches are using against us.
I'm trying to stay positive about the 2014 team, and maybe they will surprise. But judging from past history, it just too hard for Top 50-100 ranked freshman/sophs to carry a team to any winning consistency.
This post was edited by horn1chris 13 months ago
Not to pile on and it's not really recruiting related--unless there is some recruiting over somebody, but here's this on Felix' tryout.
Javan Felix, 6-0, Sophomore, Point Guard, Texas
A pass-first point guard with excellent playmaking instincts and a good feel for the game, Felix had a difficult time making his presence felt here due to his lack of size, athleticism and perimeter shooting ability, having similar issues playing efficient basketball as he did during his freshman season (36% 2P%, 24% 3P%). He showed up in very poor shape seemingly (which is strange considering how long ago he received his invitation) and was let go after the first round of roster cuts.
From DraftExpress.com http://www.draftexpress.com#ixzz2WmI8oAKf
What happened to NYHorn? I miss his posts as well.
Wow....him showing up in poor shape does not bode well for his body type. It looks to me that he's going to be fighting conditioning and weight issues the rest of his life unless he can be in supreme control of his diet.
He's probably like GQ03 in that it's too depressing and a little pointless to put all the effort into following UT basketball recruiting right now.
Ha, ya that's true. I don't blame him for giving up, but would be nice to see him around.
Clearly he hasn't bought into the everyone wants to be at Texas motto that Barnes says is here now. Out of shape? That is unacceptable at this point. Can you say bench?
Appreciate you posting these, Bierce. I know the members here do as well and welcome it.
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This could be due to either
1) the author not realizing that stocky, not sleek, has always been Felix's body shape, or
2) a player who is going the wrong way with conditioning.
For now, I'm going to tend to think it's the former. We already knew Felix was both short and thick before he came here, and he is listed at 3 inches shorter than any other player at the U19 training camp, so he probably looked over-matched by the other guards. Let's not forget how much he struggled in Stillwater.
Since it is Draft Express, I am a little worried that the author might have some familiarity with Felix, but since Felix doesn't have a Draft Express profile yet, I am not too worried about it. However, that doesn't mean the same issues I had with Felix last year have gone away or ever will. He is small and he is not the quickest PG in the conference by any means. Still, he played a little better than I hoped for as a freshman, so maybe we can hope for a growth curve. Having someone like Taylor around who could act as more of a catalyst should allow Felix to show better distance shooting at any rate.
A little luster off of Todd Wright?
This post was edited by Goo 13 months ago
According to his tweets, he has. See the June 8 comment:
Javan Felix Javan Felix @JavanFelix3 8 Jun
its a different vibe around here. very positive now!
Thanks for the thread and comments, bierce. I hope Javan goes into the season in the best possible physical condition that he is able. His physical limitations are pretty much known at this point. In order to be a better college player, he is going to have to maximize his court awareness, improve his shots, and maximize his physical conditioning despite the limitations of his body type - there have been a few of those types of players in college ball. To become one of them is his challenge.
This post was edited by BudreauReye 13 months ago
You're welcome, and to update my earlier comment about Felix not having a Draft Express profile page--he now has one with the U19 writeup as the only comment.
And, of course, I could not help but amend my post, as I am usually sure to do.
He's not 6 foot, I can't believe anyone would publish that size next to his name.
He's 5'9" at best.
I think the 6'0" measurement was what he was listed by the U19 camp people.
His Draft Express page says 5'10".
Wiltjer thinking about leaving Kentucky. Texas listed as a school with interest along with Gonzaga, Portland, Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State. Gee, I see a pattern there. Of course, no one can talk to Wiltjer until he gets a release, so that could be entirely conjectural. He would have to sit a year and would then have 2 years left. He's not very athletic or strong, but it's hard to see who could be better at screening and stepping back to shoot the three.
A bunch of UT targets for 2014 are at the Nike Skills Academy this week. Those in attendance include
Abdul Malik Abu
Elijah Thomas and Chiek Diallo, targets for 2015, are also there. The link below lists Thomas as a 2014, but I'm pretty certain that is in error.
Texas had been mentioned to be in the hunt for Joseph Young, though I have given my (mostly negative) comments about that. Young is visiting Oregon and will visit Arizona next week. Article seems to be in error in saying Young has only one year of eligibility left. From what I've read, he has 2 years left but will need a waiver of the 5 year rule or the year out in transfer, because he sat a year after Providence wouldn't release him from the letter of intent.
Edit: My bad. See below for a link on the NLI basic penalty. Young lost a year of eligibility when Providence wouldn't grant a release and his appeal was denied.
This post was edited by bierce 13 months ago
Well, he only has one if he transfers and doesn't get the waiver.
“Kansas may wind up number one in these polls, but that would be so unfair to Texas...” -- Len Elmore, 2/13/11
Right. My point was that the article didn't explain the situation and gave the impression that he would only have a single season of eligibility even if he got a waiver and didn't have to sit a year.
Ah, OK. I knew you knew.
Actually, it turns out that I didn't. I just reviewed the NLI basic penalty. It thought it only required the player to sit a year; however, it requires the player to sit a year AND lose a year of eligibility. He has only one year left.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by bierce 13 months ago
There are no Big 12 players among the college players attending. That can't help recruiting for the conference. This is in a dead period, so coaches can't attend; however, Indiana, Kentucky, UNLV, Virginia, VCU, St. John's, Oregon, UConn, tOSU, Michigan, Arizona, Georgetown, Marquette, Gonzaga, Xavier, Alabama, Cal, Boston College, LSU, and South Florida have current players there.
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