Getting in-state players hasn't come as easily to Texas recently as it had in the past, but that's they invented more than one state. The Longhorns reached into St. Louis to get stalwart wing Jordan Barnett.
Barnett committed to Texas over Michigan, Florida, Stanford, Michigan State and Iowa, choosing to taking his talents south to the Big 12. A high achiever academically, he has a very clear vision for why UT presented his best option.
"The decisive factor was when I went to UT, that was the coaching staff I felt most comfortable with," Barnett said. "And Coach Barnes has been around a lot of NBA talent during his years there."
Taking it a step further, Barnett's knowledge of the program extends beyond superstar Kevin Durant.
"There have been so many guys go through there and not just make the league, but have a lot of success there," Barnett said. "Durant, of course, but also Lamarcus Aldridge, Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph. It's not just guys at my position."
Barnett becomes the Longhorns' first 2014 commitment. He believes he'll get chances to flourish in Barnes' system.
"They like my ability to run and score in transition," he said. "I think that will be a big role I play for them."