Below, I've taken a look at every five-star prospect the state has produced since Scout.com began tracking in 2002. In most classes, the prospects are listed with their national ranks, though the 2002 and 2004 lists aren't available, so they aren't listed.
Lamarcus Aldridge — Texas
Daniel Gibson — Texas
Jawann McClellan — Arizona
10) C.J. Miles — Texas
23) Byron Eaton — Oklahoma State
19) Damion James — Texas
19) Willie Warren — Oklahoma
No Five Star Players From Texas
9) LeBryan Nash — Oklahoma State
3) Isaiah Austin — Baylor
11) Cameron Ridley — Texas
13) Marcus Smart — Oklahoma State
4) Aaron Harrison — Kentucky
5) Julius Randle — Kentucky (committed)
24) Matt Jones — Duke
Overall Five-Star Prospects From Texas — 30
Signed By Texas Schools — nine
Signed by Texas — six
Five-Star Out Of State Texas Signees
2006 — 2) Kevin Durant, Rockville MD
2011 — 11) Myck Kabongo, Henderson, NV
If I were a college basketball blue-blood program, after looking at the above list, I think I'd start perusing the state of Texas. Not only has the state proven that it can produce big-time talent on a year-in, year-out basis, but as you see above, since 2002, more than two-thirds of those players have gone out of state. And that fact hasn't escaped Kentucky and Duke, which have landed five of the eight five-stars in the last two seasons, as opposed to one apiece for Baylor and Texas.
For Texas coach Rick Barnes's part, Barnes had a great run on those five-star prospects, gobbling up at least one five-star in-state prospect in four of five years from 2002-2006 and grabbing four of the eight in-state five-stars from 2004-2006. But the Longhorns have only won one in-state five-star since, Ridley in 2013.
Instead, you see a tangible shift to the Findlay Prep connection. From 2009-2011, Texas landed five five-star prospects, an outstanding number, though none came from the Lone Star State. For comparison's sake, Bill Self and Kansas landed five five-star prospects from 2006-2012.
Of Texas's five five-stars, four came from Findlay Prep. The only one who wasn't from the Nevada-based academy was Hamilton, from California.
That's not to say that Texas actively ignored the state during that period. The Longhorns landed four players from Texas over that three-year stretch, all of whom were four-star players. And in 2012, the Longhorns grabbed another five-star from Texas, with four of their six signees coming from in-state. Add in the two in-state guys in the 2013 class, and you can see the re-emphasis in-state. The Longhorns have taken six of their last nine players from within their own borders.
The next key will be to start landing the state's elite prospects again, though Texas isn't as far off as many seem to think. The Longhorns would have been right in the thick of the Randle hunt had they not struggled down the stretch so much. And Texas did land its top in-state target just a year ago in Ridley.
2014 currently has three Texans projected as five-star prospects: Emmanuel Mudiay, Justise Winslow and Justin Jackson. Jackson has committed to North Carolina. Can the Longhorns get back to their in-state, five-star grabbing form?