Basketball Media Notes

Five notes on recruit DeAndre Daniels and Thursday's media availability below.

* Talented 2011 wing DeAndre Daniels is in the process of planning his official visit to Texas. Right now, that date is set for Dec. 14, when the Longhorns take on North Florida. But it could be subject to change.

Daniels is an important recruit for the Longhorns for two reasons. For one, the Longhorns could use a longer wing to add with 6-foot-5 Sheldon McClellan and 6-3 Julien Lewis in case Jordan Hamilton elects to go pro. But Daniels, a former Texas commitment, also provides additional value in that he can steal minutes as a face-up four man in a small lineup.

A four-star prospect, Daniels is's No. 35 player in the class of 2011.

* Texas coach Rick Barnes said he wasn't concerned about the Longhorns' offensive struggles recently, stating that the Texas players were capable of scoring well. He said the Longhorns executed certain parts of the offense at times, be it screening, passing, cutting or shooting, but just hadn't put all the parts together yet.

"It's an entire team effort," Barnes said. "It gets back to doing your work early, fighting for space."

Barnes went on to say that the Longhorns were a better three-point shooting team than they had demonstrated, but said that the team was taking too many poor shots from distance.

* Barnes acknowledged that other teams were able to scheme well for the Longhorns after Texas's success in New York, but continued to state that Texas simply needed to execute better. Forward Tristan Thompson agreed, stating that he needed to get better at dealing with the increased number of double teams he has been facing. Thompson said he was double-teamed repeatedly in high school, but added that it was different when the players were as big, and as good, as he was.

* For the most part, the players chalked the USC game up to effort. More specifically, they said the Trojans "wanted it more." All agreed that it was a learning experience.

* The Longhorns have two games to get the kinks out before a tough stretch of games. After home games against Texas State on Saturday and North Florida on Tuesday, Texas will travel to play North Carolina at Greensboro and at Michigan State. Texas comes back home on Dec. 31 to play Coppin State, then has home games against Arkansas and Connecticut to wrap up non-conference play.

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