Looking at Lone Star Five Stars

The state of Texas has produced 30 five-star prospects since 2002. How many of those players have stayed at home for college?

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.


Brad BuckmanTexas

Daniel Horton — Michigan

Chris BoshGeorgia Tech

Bracey WrightIndiana


3) Ndudi EbiArizona

6) Kendrick PerkinsMemphis

15) Von WaferFlorida State


Lamarcus Aldridge — Texas

Daniel Gibson — Texas

Jawann McClellan — Arizona


2) Gerald GreenOklahoma State

10) C.J. Miles — Texas

23) Byron Eaton — Oklahoma State


9) Darrell ArthurKansas

19) Damion James — Texas


11) DeAndre JordanTexas A&M

17) Anthony RandolphLSU


19) Willie Warren — Oklahoma

23) J'mison Morgan — UCLA


No Five Star Players From Texas


9) Perry Jones III — Baylor

18) Tony MitchellMissouri


9) LeBryan Nash — Oklahoma State


3) Isaiah Austin — Baylor

11) Cameron Ridley — Texas

12) Rasheed SulaimonDuke

13) Marcus Smart — Oklahoma State


3) Andrew HarrisonKentucky

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

2009 — 5) Avery Bradley, Henderson, NV; 14) Jordan Hamilton, Compton, CA

2010 — 10) Tristan Thompson, Henderson, NV; 14) Cory Joseph, Henderson, NV

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?

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