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King McClure on his recruitment. Says Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Kansas, and Texas are trying the hardest. He'll be visiting KU in a couple of weeks. Will cut his list to five by the start of the year and thinks he will make a decision by the end of the year.
Myles Turner has already rocketed into 247 #5 and composite #6, and he might finish even higher by the time the November signing period hits. Kevin Durant + Roy Hibbert would be a pretty hard combination to top.
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Joe Young has decided to join the transfer train up in Oregon.
Texas targets at the Durant Skills Academy (the Nike thing for wings):
Markel Brown is the only Big 12 player among the college attendees.
Geez, we couldn't even get Durant to invite a Longhorn in Papi? Wow.
Counselor, I'm not certain that I follow your logic. He was incredibly average as a freshman and there is nothing from that report to make any think that he's going to be significantly better than he was. Why do you think that a very limited player like Taylor is going to suddenly give him an outside game. Obviously, he's going to be better as a sophomore than he was a freshman; but do you expect anything than the normal slow year to year progress.
Papi is in Greece.
We saw Felix on a number of occasions nail threes after Kabongo drove and kicked out to him. Felix can be somewhat effective in the role of shooting after taking the kick-out. Felix was 5/31 bta over the first 23 games. After Kabongo returned, he was 7/16. Those last 11 games make for a small sample from which to divine future performance, but from what I watched over the year, it appeared Felix is not quick enough to create his own shot very well on the perimeter, but is reasonably effective in open catch and shoot situations. He is certainly better than Holland and Taylor, but I'm not envisioning AJ Abrams redux.
I have several reservations about a Felix-Taylor backcourt combination, but I'm not too worried about Felix being at least a competent perimeter shooter when Taylor penetrates and passes. However, I expect we won't see too many Felix-Taylor combinations, at least if all the new guys make it to campus and are cleared to play, since Taylor will probably be used to spell Felix, not play alongside him. Holland/Croaker/Harris/Walker will share the 2 in most lineups. So my thought of Taylor driving and kicking out to an open Felix may be just so much imagining. I do think we will see a three guard arrangement from time to time when Papi isn't on the floor, but that will probably call for Felix or Taylor to play with two others from the 2 guard group.
So maybe Felix's improvement as a shooter depends more on the ability of some of the off guards to penetrate and pass. Croaker seems much more inclined to penetrate to finish, Holland didn't demonstrate that ability to any reliable degree last year, and I didn't see much of that from what little I've seen of Walker. That seems to leave Harris and Taylor as the only options for players who might be able to set up Felix as a perimeter shooter.
Talking about how the team can turn its sub 6" point guard into a better shooter by having someone else play the point doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the upcoming season, does it?
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Who cares? Papi can get better on his own. It's high school recruits we need help with. Durant is a HUGE banner that says TEXAS on it. Again none of this matters if we have another bad season like this one.
Terry Larrier is also there. It was mentioned a couple of months ago that Texas was looking at him, but only Rivals and Verbal Commits show Texas as a school of interest or with an offer at this point. 247, ESPN, Scout, don't include Larrier among Texas targets. Good looking player, but the overwhelming majority of his interests seem to be on the east coast.
Myles Turner has a list of 50 schools, will cut it to 25 by the end of the week, and will be down to 10 or 12 by the end of July.
If Barnes doesn't make top 5 he should go just for that alone.
Texas made the first round of cuts by Myles Turner, along with 5 other Big 12 schools, 2 non-Big 12 schools in the state of Texas, and 18 others extending geographically from Miami to UConn to Marquette to Oregon to UCLA and nearly all points in between.
If he doesn't pick Texas, then I'm rooting for UT-Arlington. If that were to happen, then I would bet several power conference schools would immediately begin vying to hire Scott Cross.
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Turner interview (with Telep). Seems to be a very intelligent kid. Highlights included in the clip.
If he wasn't such a great basketball player, he could be the next voice for NFL Films.
Along with learning Oubre has entirely eliminated Texas, today brings the sub-wonderful news that Myles Turner will attend Late Night in the Phog.
Last year, they had three major uncommitted prospects attend (Aaron Gordon, Wayne Selden, and Joel Embiid) and landed 2 of the 3.
Well awhile back in the Statesman Dodds was quoted as saying he had "serious conversations" with Barnes. I wonder if recruiting came up. He can't make a top 10 on one guy and who knows what if any he will be able to recruit this year. One last year to prove everyone wrong with the team he has. I am not seeing it but for some reason he does.
Some offers to report
2014 Makinde London, 6'9" Powerpoint forward (247 #68, composite #85)
2015 Dwayne Bacon, 6'6" SF
2016 Mario Kegler, 6'7" SF
London is from Tennessee and has been pursued mainly by SEC schools and VCU. 247 recently wrote about him at the Reebok event last week.
He's a former guard who shot up 8 inches in 2 years. Has the bionic man thing down in this video.
Two years ago Tennessee native Makinde London was one of many 6'0 guards who come around a dime a dozen for college coaches but after shooting up to 6'9 things have changed tremendously for his recruitment. London is one of those hybrid 3/4 forwards who has good guard skills for his size and can shoot the ball. He is a matchup problem on the offensive end with the ability to make plays off the dribble from 18-20 feet out. So far he is being recruited by VCU, Tennessee Tech and Wichita State. The Class of 2014 recruit will be playing a Prime Prep his senior along with one of the best point guards in the nation Emmanuel Mudaiy.
Man I like me some bigs with ball skills! That video does not really show a lot, but London does look very smooth in the transition with the ball - as he should, being a former guard. I would like to see him on the floor with Croaker, Williamson if we get him, and Papi in a couple of years. Plug in Felix, Yancy-Harris, or Taylor at the point and that would be a heck of an "all hands, who's got the ball? run the floor" combination line up. I think he is going to be a very popular recruit, but we can dream.
By the way, bierce, are you saying that Texas has offered London, Bacon, and Kegler?
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Like him following Shaka Smart? Nah, I didn't say that, did I? However, something very good will have to happen to UT basketball this year for recruiting to get back to the level it was under Barnes, whether that be a phenomenally successful season in 2013-14 or the clearing of the house.
After striking out on all the top in state (and top 70 out of state) targets in 2013, Texas is down to Myles Turner (who is still looking at 26 schools) and Khadeem Lattin in the warm category for 2014. It isn't looking very good at the present for the 2014 recruiting cycle, but it is the middle of the July evaluation period, so a lot can change. (IT certainly would be nice to know where Lanier, Springmann, and Ogden are this week, as well as where Barnes is going after attending the Hickory Foundation Camp.)
Bacon has major game. One wonders what Texas needs to do this year to get back in competition for players like him.
Top 20 player in the nation in the Class of 2015, 6'6 Dwayne Bacon from Lakeland, FL. Highlights of him dominating this spring with the Showtime Ballers, he dropped 40+ on multiple occasions.
Kegler has offers from tOSU, UNLV, UCLA, and St. John's, and he has significant interest in/from Duke. I don't have any vid of him yet.
Nice video of Bacon. He seems to have some serious hang time. Do not mean to show any lack of respect of Mr. Bacon, but viewing that video kind of makes me wonder whether someone was playing with the speed of the video to accentuate the perception of hang time. On the other hand, I have seen players that seemed to delay the movement of the ball up for a shot or a dunk so that the hang time seemed slightly elongated. Whatever the case may be, he has serious hippity hoppity.
Jason Jordan @JayJayUSATODAY 1h
There's ANOTHER potential power package brewing. Emmanuel Mudiay tells me he & Myles Turner have had preliminary talks about teaming up. O_o
well, there goes our 1% chance at Turner.
Well there went ANY chance of landing Turner. Basketball recruiting is tough to follow as a Longhorn fan. We just aren't making any traction in state.
Lattin is not the answer either. Extremely raw. Especially on offense. He makes Ridley look like Wilt. He's also way too skinny.
Barnes is losing out on anybody worth a dam in the state. Either its a great year or he goes. That is the only way it has a chance to change
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