Texas Lands Juco Point Man

Down in Austin, the Longhorns expect to sign two players this week. Their second commitment comes from a junior college guard.

South Carolina and UTEP showed interest but the Longhorns were a great fit.

"Rick [Barnes] came in here and saw him last spring and loved him," Lon Morris coach Dale Dotson said. "He's not like TJ; not many are. He's bigger and stronger but not a flash. He's a good player. He's a great passer and he can run past people. He's a player."

Moreno averaged 12.9 points and 3.9 assists last season. "He hurt his knee and tore some cartilage in the first game of the regional tournament and played on it right through the national tournament. His numbers will really pick up more this year, in fact they already have. This year he'll do a little more scoring."

Moreno visited Texas last weekend. Shortly thereafter he committed to the Horns.

He's been in the country for two years. Originally, he's from Columbia. "When he got here he couldn't speak any English," Dotson said. "He's a great kid. He's really interested in doing well."

Columbia, huh? Don't be surprised when the Longhorns make a play for junior power forward Juan Tella Palacios, another Columbian who plays high school ball at Our Savior.

But for now, UT is probably ecstatic to get a point guard who's big, strong and tough. "That's right down Rick's alley," Dotson said.

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