Texas scores big transfer in Elijah Long

Texas, Shaka Smart picked up a key player on the transfer market, added 6-foot guard Elijah Long.

Mount St. Mary's transfer Elijah Long committed to Texas on Wednesday, he told Scout. 

Long, a 6-foot guard from Canada, spent two years at Mount St. Mary's, before opting to transfer after his breakout season. 

"It's the same style of play," Long said about going to Texas. "The coaching staffs from The Mount to Texas is like a big family. Coach [Jamion] Christian and coach Shaka [Smart] have a great relationship and I wanted to stay in that family, but on a higher level."

Despite leaving Mount St. Mary's, Christian helped Long with his transfer process.

"One thing I want to make clear is that I didn't leave because of coach Christian," Long said. "He is the best coach I've had so far, hands down and I love him."

"He was very helpful with this process and he treated me like his own when it came to this process," he added.

As a freshman, Long averaged 5.9 points a game. But during his sophomore season, Long excelled, averaging 15 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists a game, while shooting 38.2-percent from three.

"I can help bring leadership, scoring and a different type of swag to the team,"Long added.

Due to NCAA rules, Long will be forced to sit out next season, before having two years or eligibility. 

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