Texas Nabs 2005 Point Guard

Most schools are trying to squeeze commitments from the Class of 2004 this month. Not Texas. The Longhorns went to work on a 2005 point guard and received a commitment on Monday.

Rick Barnes and his staff had plenty of time to do advanced scouting last month. With five players already committed, the Longhorns were able to do work on underclassmen in July. When one of the underclassmen you're interested in lives in Austin, you know the Horns were going to be dangerous.

On Monday, Texas received a verbal commitment from 5-10 2005 point guard A.J. Abrams of Austin McNeil High. Abrams averaged 17 points and 8 assists last season and played at the Nike All-American Camp.

Abrams distinguished himself at Nike Camp with his stroke from long range.

They'll be plenty of good players around him in Austin when he gets there and his role will be clear. "Mainly what it is now, to get other people involved and score when I need to," Abrams said. "We'll have everybody who can score there so I won't have to do much of that."

Texas A&M and Ohio State were two other schools that Abrams considered before reaching his decision. However, in the end, this life long Texas fan wasn't going anywhere but close to home.

"I've always been a Longhorns fan. I've always liked Texas. It was very easy. That's where I always wanted to go."

UT's interest in Abrams was sparked by a fine performance at their elite camp in June. "I went down to Texas Elite Camp and Coach Haith started talking to me and they liked the way I play. I went to their offices and figured that was the place I wanted to go."

And in the fall of 2005, that's exactly where you can see him.

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