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The Texas Longhorns have gone all out in their recruitment of four-star power forward Javin DeLaurier, who was on UT's campus this weekend.

The Texas Longhorns have gone all out in their recruitment of four-star power forward Javin DeLaurier (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield), who was on UT's campus this weekend.

How was your weekend? 

Good?

Good. 

Javin DeLaurier's was probably a bit better. 

He got to play ball, on the same team, as Kevin Durant while in Austin for an official visit with Shaka Smart and the rest of the Texas program.

"It was a great experience," he said. "Durant was on my team fortunately."

Having one of the best players in the world so involved with their old program like Durant is with UT's is a huge recruiting tool for Shaka Smart and his staff. But even if KD wouldn't have been in town, the work that Texas' staff has personally invested in trying to get him to commit would have probably made the trip a worthwhile experience.

There are few 2016 recruits Texas wants more, and for good reason. DeLaurier can do it all.

"DeLaurier is a superlative run/jump athlete with straight-up leaping ability, excellent timing for blocked shots, above average post footwork and a workable facing jump shot," said Evan Daniels, Scout's National Director of Basketball Recruiting. "He has improved vastly during the course of his high school career, and that sudden progress has enabled him to earn consideration as a blue-chip prospect. Meanwhile, he’s also an excellent student."

The No. 9 PF and No. 40 player overall, DeLaurier has been eagerly awaiting his opportunity to get to Austin, and it did not disappoint. He got to play ball with Durant, spent quality time with Texas' staff and got to sit in the front row during UT's football victory over Rice. 

"I had a great time on campus," he said. "I'd been looking forward to getting out there for a while and really enjoy it. Campus is beautiful, the guys are great and I love the atmosphere there."

One thing that was noticable from the jump was the overall staff involvement in his recruiting.

"It means a lot to me," he said. "I've had a relationship with several of the coaches for over a year now and that relationship helps build trust."

The Longhorns are one of six schools he is still considering along with Arizona, Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Stanford, according to Daniels. He officially visited Notre Dame last week during the Irish's victory over UT.

Delaurier said he wasn't sure if he or when he'd make it back down to Austin, but he hopes to. 

"[Texas was selling me] a great school with the chance to start up a basketball cultiure at UT," he said.

Up next for DeLaurier will be official visits to Stanford on Oct. 10 and then an official at Duke on Oct. 24. 


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