Longhorns add late pledge

One of the better unsigned players in the country came off the board on Tuesday when Demarcus Croaker made his pick.

The Texas Longhorns were looking to add some scoring punch during the spring signing period for the upcoming season, and they did that on Tuesday with Demarcus Croaker. The Orlando (Fla.) Jones standout picked the Longhorns after previously committed to Murray State.

At 6-foot-3 with athleticism and the ability to score, Croaker was a standout all spring and summer long for the high powered Florida Rams on the AAU circuit. Playing alongside Kasey Hill, Croaker helped to form one of the best backcourts on the summer circuit.

After the summer Croaker was getting high-major interest before eventually settling on Murray State during December. However that pledge didn't last long and the allure of Texas became too much.

"I liked the school, the program, and the coaches," said Croaker. "The way the academics are set up there is also real good. Also they were the first big time school to actually recruit me when others were overlooking me."

He continued about Texas, "I built a good relationship with the coaches and I thought it was the right fit for me, and I love their style of play."

For Croaker another big thing was the fit, and he feels there is no better fit for him than what Rick Barnes and his staff run at Texas.

"I think I fit in perfect," Croaker explained. "They set a lot of ball screens and come off of picks to shoot the ball. Also Coach Barnes lets his guards play and that is what I am looking for. I think I can make a big impact right away as a freshman as long as I do what I have to do and continue to get better."

Croaker is now the second pledge for the Longhorns in the class of 2013 joining point guard Isaiah Taylor.


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