Texas Signs Four

Four players signed their National Letters of Intent this week to play basketball next season at the University of Texas.

Javan Felix (New Orleans, La.), Prince Ibeh (Garland), Connor Lammert (San Antonio) and Ioannis Papapetrou (Melbourne, Fla.) will join the Longhorns for the 2012-2013 season. But the biggest question mark might come from the first player to commit to Texas for the class of 2012, and the one who might be the last one to sign his NLOI, if he signs it at all.

Cameron Ridley (Houston) didn't sign his letter of intent as expected, amid rumors that he could potentially reclassify into the 2013 class. But while Ridley — who is still considered a Longhorn commitment, and is the top-rated player in the Longhorns' class — comes as somewhat of a blow, the rest of the Longhorn class is hardly chopped liver.

"Our entire staff is really excited about this class as they truly fill needs in our program," said Texas coach Rick Barnes. "All are outstanding basketball players. More importantly, they are all outstanding people who come from solid families, high school coaches and AAU coaches. They all will be excellent student-athletes here at The University of Texas.

 

"We again targeted the state of Texas first for its best players, and we found them with Prince and Connor," Barnes continued. "And our school's calling card also allowed us to recruit nationally and internationally with Javan and Papi. When you combine this year's group of current freshmen and add this class, we believe the pieces fit."

 

Felix, a point guard at St. Augustine High School who plays under coach Clifford Barthe, was the 2011 Louisiana 5A Player of the Year as a junior, averaging 13.5 points, five assists and three steals per game while leading St. Augustine to a 31-6 record and the Louisiana 5A state title. 

Ibeh, a forward/center from Naaman Forest High School who plays under coach Jeff Clarkson, is considered a high-level rebounder and shot-blocker with a developing offensive game. He averaged 6.5 points, 9.3 rebounds and 5.2 blocks per game as a junior.

Lammert, a forward from Churchill High School  who plays under coach Tim Woods, averaged 10 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two assists per game while leading Churchill to a 31-6 record as a junior. Lammert shot 56 percent from the field last season and converted 41 percent (14-of-34) of his three-point field goal attempts.

A native of Greece, Papapetrou is a forward from Florida Air Academy who plays under coach Aubin Goporo. He led all of Brevard County (Fla.) in scoring at 22 points per game during his junior season.


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