Texas Basketball Recruiting Update

With National Signing Day approaching quickly, where does Texas basketball recruiting sit?

With athletic 6-foot-7 wing Jordan Barnett already in the fold and limited roster spots remaining — remember, Texas doesn't have any seniors and only one scholarship junior for 2013-2014 — the Longhorns are focusing on filling two potential spots.


1) Myles Turner

The last five-star prospect that Texas landed was Cameron Ridley in the class of 2012, and the Longhorns would love to pair Ridley with Turner in a huge frontcourt that would cause matchup issues for most of the Big 12.

Texas was on Turner early and hard, and word is that Texas still sits in a great spot for the No. 2 overall player in the Class of 2014, per Scout.com. Scout rates Turner (7-0 240) as a center, though the Longhorns would love to employ Turner's considerable length alongside Ridley, with Turner playing the four. Turner owns a consistent medium-range jump shot, and his athleticism and shot-blocking would be a nice pairing with Ridley's prowess on the glass.

Landing Turner would also allow the Longhorns to utilize Johnathan Holmes in a variety of roles, be it a scorer off the bench or even as a bigger small forward with the Longhorns using their length to play a vicious zone.

Turner, who excels for both Euless Trinity and Texas Select, owns the only committable offer (that I know of) to a prospect that the Longhorns have a legitimate chance of landing.


2) Scoring Wing

This one would almost be a luxury. In Martez Walker, Texas not only landed a big-time shooter and pure scorer, but somebody the Longhorns feel could develop into a starter at the three down the line. But another look through the Longhorn backcourt reveals a need for more scoring punch to help Walker, and high-level athlete Damarcus Croaker, out.

Isaiah Taylor and Javan Felix are both more comfortable as distributors, though Felix will certainly be counted on for his scoring punch this year. And Demarcus Holland and Kendal Yancy are more the defensive wing types. That's not to say none of those four CAN score. But Texas is looking for somebody who lists scoring first in their job description. Think of somebody like J'Covan Brown, an Alpha Dog shot-hunter who can help to carry the offense at times.

That player hasn't emerged yet in the process for the Longhorns, but it's worth noting that Texas is looking in that direction.


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