Texas Collecting All-Americans

Life is good for Texas coach Rick Barnes. In all likelihood, Texas will sign its third McDonald's All-American in as many years as hometown forward Brad Buckman opted to play for the Horns on Tuesday.

Big Recruit For Texas

It began with Brian Boddicker. Next there was TJ Ford and in all likelihood Brad Buckman is next. Next meaning another McDonald's All-American in Austin. All of them have one thing in common: they are from the state of Texas. It's becoming increasingly difficult to get prospects out of the state.

Buckman couldn't resist. "It was really emotional. It was really tough making the decision," Buckman said. "I feel like I made the right decision. No turning back now.

"I just wanted to stay home and play in front of my family. I really like Austin and wanted to play at Texas since I was little and was a ballboy."

In picking the Longhorns, Buckman had to tell one of the true national recruiting powers he wouldn't be a Tar Heel. "It's tough. I love North Carolina. It was a lot of fun. I'm glad I got to see North Carolina. I loved both the coaches."

Buckman said Rick Barnes was really excited to learn the news. Go figure. He's yet to talk to North Carolina.

The Austin native is genuinely excited about the prospects of Texas winning a lot of games the next few years. "We are going to be good. Our program is on the rise plus we have TJ and James Thomas."


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