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Texas Longhorns Hoops Commit Elijah Long Eager to Play for Shaka Smart

Former Mount St. Mary's guard Elijah Long is excited to play for Shaka Smart and feel his contagious energy.

Texas Longhorns men's basketball coach Shaka Smart filled one-of-three scholarship vacancies Wednesday with the verbal commitment of former Mount St. Mary's guard Elijah Long.

The sophomore transfer officially visited Texas over the weekend, and after spending time with Smart and the Longhorns, Long realized Austin was the place for him.

"I did not know where I was going to transfer (before my visit)," Long told Horns Digest. "But after (spending time) with Coach, I knew this was the place."

One of the biggest things to stand out to Long was Smart's personality and enthusiasm for the game. The coach's energy was at an all-time high when he got the call from Long Wednesday afternoon.

"He was definitely fired up," he said of Smart's reaction to his commitment. "He has high energy with everything he does. His energy is contagious."

An Ontario native, Long heads to Texas following his sophomore season, where his 15 points per game and 38.2-percent shooting from beyond the arch helped lead Mount St. Mary's to a NCAA tournament appearance in 2017. 

While Long will be required to sit out next season, he is excited to play in a scheme similar to what he saw at Mount St. Mary's.

"The style of play is a lot like what I did at The Mount," he said. "There's a lot of energy and I'll be able to play ball while having fun doing it."

Long has yet to sign his letter of intent, and does not know when he will move to Austin. 

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