A shooting guard from Orlando (Fla.) Jones High School, Croaker was a two-time Florida Athletic Coaches Association Class 4A All-State selection as a junior and senior, and he was a finalist for the Florida Class 4A Player of the Year award his senior year.
Croaker largely earned those honors by putting the ball in the basket. He averaged 21 points per game as a junior, then scored 23.9 points per game as a senior.
"Demarcus is a player who possesses the rare combination of high-level athleticism, ball skills and shooting touch," said Texas coach Rick Barnes. "Like most freshmen, the challenge for Demarcus will be adapting to the rigors of our level. With continued work, he has the potential to become a complete player."
"He's a pretty good athlete and a guy who can make shots. He doesn't really do anything outstanding, but he does a lot of things pretty well. He has good size for a wing, and he's a guy who can fill a variety of roles."
— Brian Snow, Scout.com National Analyst