Mack commits to Texas

One of the last available top 100 recruits made his verbal commitment on Tuesday. Tevin Mack opted for Texas.

Tevin Mack, who originally committed and signed with Smart at VCU, has opted to follow him to Texas, he tells Scout.

“I chose them because I signed to play for coach Smart in the beginning,” Mack said. “I wanted to stay with him and follow him and stick with the same plan. It feels like a great fit.”

“I feel like it’s a better opportunity actually,” he added. “I think it’s a blessing from God. That was one of the my favorite programs from the beginning.”

Mack, a standout at Columbia (S.C.) Dreher, asked out of his Letter of Intent shortly after Smart left for the Longhorns. He considered a number of schools the second time around, but ultimately picked Texas over Georgia.

Mack’s relationship with Smart was among the deciding factors.

“We’ve grown close over the past couple months since the recruiting thing ended,” Mack said about Smart. “He came to my school a lot during the season. We used to talk or text everyday. He would always send me an inspiring quote in the morning just so I would have something to start my day off right. He’s a great guy, a great leader and a great mentor to look up to and I think that’s a great coach to play for.”

Mack, who ranks No. 65 overall and No. 11 at the small forward position, took an official visit to Texas on May 8th and 9th.

Texas assistant Mike Morrell was the point man on Mack’s recruitment.

“That’s my guy right there,” he said about Morrell. “He recruited me at VCU. He’s a great recruiter. He recruited me harder than anybody. He stayed on top of everything. He stayed on top of my grades and my life. He’s been the best to recruit me.”

This commitment was key and gives the Longhorns three top 100 commitments in the 2015 recruiting class. Mack joins four-star guards Eric Davis and Kerwin Roach to make up the first recruiting class of the Smart era.

Experts’ TAKE

Brian Snow: Tevin Mack is one of the top pure scorers in the class. He is someone who can really stretch a defense and has the ability to score going to the rim as well. At times his shot selection needs some refinement, but he can get points in bunches when he gets going. Athletically he is just solid for a wing, but his length projects him to be a solid defender at the next level and someone who should provide versatility.

Rob Harrington: Mack projects as an outstanding utility forward for the college level. He's highly athletic, aggressive and tough, and while streaky as a perimeter scorer he can be effective both inside and out. I love the way he competes on the backboards, and in addition to top-shelf transition offense I think he'll develop into a prime defender as well. You never can have too many warriors on a team, and Mack's production versus national competition suggests he'll be able to translate his game quickly from high school to college.

Evan Daniels: What immediately stands out to me about Tevin Mack is his size, athleticism and ability to score the basketball. At 6-foot-6, he has good size for the perimeter position, especially at the collegiate level. He’s a good leaper and has impressive length. But Mack is also a guy that can really score the ball and from multiple levels. He’s capable of heating up from behind the three-point arc, but also comfortable going off the bounce for mid-range pull-ups and finishes at the rim. I think he’s a very good fit for Shaka Smart’s system, based on his strengths and how Smart likes to play.

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