Daily Dose

Welcome to the Daily Dose, a daily collection of random musings surrounding Longhorns athletics and recruiting. In today's edition we'll look at six basketball recruits to keep an eye on in 2015.

C Elijah Thomas

Lancaster, Texas

The five-star center is the No. 12 player in the country in the Scout 100. He currently holds offers from Arizona, Baylor, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, NC State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Southern Methodist, TCU and Texas A&M.

There are a few things right away that could point to him wanting to come to Texas.

One, Rick Barnes is reportedly going to return next season. No recruit wants to go to a school where the head coach might not be around. Having a confident Barnes out on the recruiting trail being able to tell the players he'll be back should pay dividends.

Two, the Longhorns like to play big and there could be plenty of room for him in the rotation with his freshman season being the senior seasons for Cameron Ridley, Prince Ibeh and Connor Lammert.

You just wonder how 2014 five-star center Myles Turner would play into all of this should he choose Texas like many presume.

At that, a bigger hurdle in regards to Thomas, should he get an offer from UT, might be keeping him away from SMU and Mustangs head coach Larry Brown. Thomas has already visited SMU several times.

D.J. Hogg

Plano (Texas) West

The four-star recruit is the No. 7 small forward and No. 30 player overall. He has offers from Arizona, Baylor, Houston, Kansas State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oregon, SMU, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and UCLA.

It's going to be tough to keep Hogg instate as he is really interested in Arizona and North Carolina, despite the Tar Heels not yet offering. SMU, a school he's visited, is another school that will continue to be a thorn in Texas' side for players of Hogg's caliber.

SG Admon Gilder


The four-star shooting guard, who checks in as the No. 29 SG and No. 99 recruit in the nation, is easily one of the most gifted scorers in the state, if not the country.

Those abilities are a large reason why he has offers from Baylor, Boise State, Houston, South Florida, SMU, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Tulsa and Vanderbilt.

He says that the Longhorns are among the schools he is hearing from the most along with SMU, Texas A&M and Baylor.

"Texas is a really good school," noted Gilder. "Being from Texas and hearing from them is a good thing. I have been talking to them almost every day during the season, and hopefully I am down there in a week or so for the state championship game."

SF Matt McQuaid

Duncanville, Texas

The four-star small forward is the No. 12 player at his position and No. 69 prospect in the country. He currently has offers from Creighton, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Alabama, Wichita State and Gonzaga.

McQuaid recently took a visit to Creighton and came away very impressed. He was actually at the game that Doug McDermott broke 3,000 points, which had to have been a great recruiting ploy for McDermott's father, Greg, Creighton's head coach.

That said, he grew up watching the Longhorns and is happy to have the Texas offer.

"It is cool to hear from Texas," explained McQuaid to national recruiting analyst Brian Snow. "I grew up from Texas and it is all I ever saw. It is just awesome to have an offer from them."

PG Jawun Evans


The four-star recruit is the No. 4 point guard in the country. He currently holds offers from Cincinnati, Clemson, DePaul, Illinois, Memphis, SMU, USC and VCU.

Though he is yet to receive an offer from the Longhorns, Evans told Snow that conversations are really picking up between he and UT.

"Really Illinois, Texas, and Baylor are talking to me the most," he said. Evans really likes the way Texas freshman Isaiah Taylor runs the point for Barnes.

"Texas has a point guard who does what I do in Isaiah Taylor, and he is a lot like me, so I have been watching how they use him," explained Evans, who is originally from South Carolina.

SG King McClure

Dallas/Triple A Academy

McClure is a four-star recruit and the No. 10 SG in the country. He has offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas.

McClure has visited Texas in the past at least "three or four times," and has nothing but high praise for the Longhorns.

"I love Texas," McClure told Snow. "Texas is probably one of my top choices. It is a great program and I like the coaches there."

McClure said he stays in constant contact with Barnes.

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