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I wish I had more to report, but I look every day at my usual sources (NBE Basketball Report, Zagsblog, Sportsline, ESPN, Google News), and nearly every day goes without mention of a Texas coach being seen at any of the several AAU events going on this month. That doesn't mean Barnes, Springmann, Lanier, or Ogden aren't there. It just means their presence isn't being mentioned. Not good. Latest no mention of Texas on the recruiting trail came from the DMN in an article about the Great American Shootout held in Dallas over the weekend. Coaches mentioned in attendance included Calipari, Self, Tubby, Drew (the Scott variety), Few, Dixon, Kennedy, and Larry Brown. No mention of any Texas coach or assistant. Not good that Texas isn't represented or such representation isn't worthy of mention, whichever is the case.
Alas. I suspect the coaches are on the trail, but I am unable to report of their doings on the trail, and for that I am sorry. I really wish I knew where those guys have been for the past couple of weeks. (Other than Barnes being at the Hickory Foundation Camp for part of last week, I have no clue.)
I did finally find a single mention on NBE report today about Texas's recruiting efforts. Texas is still showing interest in Obi Enechionyia, a 6'9" combo forward from Maryland. The last bit makes me think Springmann is on this one (yep, confirmed on the 247 page), but the kid seems to be pretty tight with the Temple staff right now, even though he says location is not an issue.
Workout vid. Looks to have significant skills and to be in very good shape. He scores every time against the little cones. Doesn't look to have stellar elevation, but this video doesn't look at drills emphasizing that part of his game.
247 shows Maryland as the only school in the warm category, but I do find it interesting that Enechionyia specifically mentioned Texas as a school showing interest. (I also find it interesting that this is the first mention of Texas or any of its coaches by NBE Basketball report in over a month, but that is interesting in a completely different flavor.)
Scroll down to the 3rd and 4th paragraphs from the bottom of the article for the comments about Enechionyia.
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According to @VerbalCommits and @TheRecruitScoop
Texas has offered GA pf Jabari Craig
I need to check them more often.
Jabari Craig, 3 years playing basketball, Jamaican via of Toronto. Mentioned only Purdue in this interview from 6 weeks ago.
Good length, 50x the offensive skill Ibeh had in high school, good agility for his height, can use length to block shots without skying and putting himself where he'll commit too early and have to foul.
Looks like a 5 to me.
Jabari Craig 2014 6'11 PF from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Appreciate the work bierce. Interesting that most of our bball recruiting nuggets are from out of state prospects.
This post was edited by horn1chris 12 months ago
I'll add Kline's twitter to my usual looks. He did say on 7/19 that Texas (along with half the college basketball world) was watching Turner at Summer Jam.
“I talk to Rick Barnes a lot, and Texas is a pretty good school. I like the way they play and I like the players."
King McClure, 2015.
Still must beat out Duke, KU, Indiana, Baylor, et many alia.
2015 6'6" SF Jaylen Brown received an offer. Composite top 15 talent with a lot of power conference offers.
With this, I guess we know where the basketball coaches are.
Eric Bossi @ebosshoops 1h
Texas going full staff for Myles Turner. SMU has full staff here and so does Kentucky. Arizona, Duke and Oklahoma State all head coach +1
This post was edited by bierce 12 months ago
2016 Texas offeree De'Aaron Fox says Baylor currently on top. Calipari now showing interest.
I think I said this in a previous thread, but I watched DeAaron Fox drop 50 pts on Aldine Nimitz this past season. It was amazing to watch.....especially from a freshman.
Mudiay just tweeted "If prime prep gets Myles turner"
I had not heard anything about Turner wanting to go to Prime Prep. Nor have I heard anything about the rating of Prime Prep's psychology department, but it does have a regular class and an AP class in psychology.
Offer recently went out to 2015 Matt McQuaid who has leapt into 4 star territory this summer, and has offers from Baylor, OSU, OU, Alabama, and Creighton.
The guy has had a very good spring and summer. Ashley Hodge had this article about him in May.
FYI I will have a bunch of basketball team notes in next week's The Eyes.
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Competition looks to be heating up for Donte Grantham. UConn just offered. Grantham might be made somewhat redundant by the Jordan Barnett commitment, but Grantham is a little bigger and would be better suited for a combo forward role.
Turner won't be joining Mudiay at Prime Prep, will be going to KU for Late Night in the Phog, and will trim list this week.
We knew this was coming. Mudiay didn't include Texas in his final five, but he did include SMU and three Big 12 schools (KU, Baylor, OSU) to go with Kentucky.
Sad so Sad. Three other schools in your own conference two of which you have a much better record over the past 15yrs. I guess that is what happens when you have NBA talent and do nothing with it.
This post was edited by Jordan91 11 months ago
Until Texas 1) shows some improvement and 2) smooths things over in the Texas AAU scene and 3) decides to start paying AAU coaches and handlers under the table $$$$; then we can forgot about landing certain high profile players in State.
Right or wrong, Barnes isn't going to pander to the AAU handlers in Texas that just want a one time payday.
Same could be said for Baylor and OSU.
I agree but it's not hurting their recruiting of top talent or better said being in on top talent. And SMU? I don't care if Brown is there that is just unbelievable. The only way to get them back in good standing is winning.
I've said this before and I'll say it again. Winning is important in basketball recruiting, but it's not the main thing. Top ranked Basketball recruits want to make it to the NBA. Period! If they can go to a school that has a chance to win and gives them a chance to make it to the NBA then great, but their main objective is the NBA. The fact that we have had so few 1st rd picks in the last 3-4 years is having more impact on our recruiting than our lack of wins.
To prove this look at Baylor, Ok St, and SMU. None of the 3 have done much outside of Baylor's elite 8 a couple of years ago. But with the talent Baylor has produced along with what they have there now, makes them attractive. OSU has Nash and Smart. SMU has Larry Brown. They aren't going to win anything but they have a coach that has coached some of the best NBA players. He knows what it takes for his guys to get to that level. You could actually look at Kentucky too. I know they recently won the NC, but what else have they really done since Cal has been there except produce NBA draft picks?
Barnes has produced his share of lottery picks, but he is getting negatively recruited against by college coaches, AAU coaches, and probably a few former players. That makes it tough when you haven't produced a consistent NBA player since DJ......and you aren't winning.
I am a little confused. You say look at how many 1st round picks Texas has had in the last 3-4 years. I don't know the numbers but; how many do OSU and Baylor have compared to Texas? I could be wrong because I don't have numbers in front of me but maybe you do. So of those three teams; who has put the most in the 1st round in the last 3-4 years?
Your theory appears sound, but your facts in support need revision.
Bradley and Thompson both appear to be superior NBA talents to DJ at this point.
Baylor has two Elite Eights in the last four years.
Kentucky's conference record and post-season titles under Calipari before this year:
2010 14-2 Won SEC conference tournament, Elite Eight
2011 10-6 Won SEC conference tournament, Final Four
2012 16-0 Won National Championship
Yeah, Kentucky under Calipari hasn't done shit, has it?
Texas only stopped with the first round picks in the last two drafts. The 2011 draft saw Thompson, Hamilton and Joseph go in the first round.
I figured his 3-4 yr 1st round draft pick theory was wrong. Some of his other points make sense but not enough to change my mind. Winning is the main thing for Texas. People already know they have put people in the NBA. That is not the problem.
You have "reservations" about a Felix-Taylor backcourt. That's a historic understatement. They couldn't guard a backcourt that wasn't composed of achondroplasts. Both are simply pure points. I do suspect Felix will be better this year. He wasn't expected to play more than 10 minutes a game last year; but was forced to play 30 minutes plus until Kabongo came back. He wasn't in condition to play and it repeatedly showed. We have to hope that he is much better because he is going to play extended minutes again this year. Taylor does bring the potential to be a solid point guard at some point, but I seriously doubt its this year. He's making a huge jump in competition and simply can't shoot , can't finish at the rim, and isn't ready to defend at the D1 level. . Actually, I'll make the prediction that Yancey-Harris plays more minutes at point than Taylor does. Felix is going to have to play close to 30 minutes a game again. Hope he proves me wrong.
Knowing Barnes tendencies; we are going to see a lot of three guard rotations again. I simply don't see him playing Ibeh and Ridley together. They will largely split the center minutes. Given their foul propensity, Lammert will probably play around five minutes of his time at center. That leaves 80 minutes at the two forward positions to be between three players. In honesty, none of them is a natural wing player who is a good wing defender. Barnes will revert to his instinct and go small for at least 15 minutes. Look at Holland, Harris and Croaker to all get a lot of minutes, close to 20 minutes; and I haven't mentioned Walker because I have no feel for his game.
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