Barnes Signs Two For Men's Hoops

Texas Men&#146;s basketball coach <B>Rick Barnes </B>received National Letters of Intent Wednesday from high school senior <B>Anthony (P.J.) Tucker </B>(Raleigh, North Carolina) and Lon Morris College sophomore <B>Edgar Moreno </B>to play for the Longhorns beginning with the 2003-04 season.

"We signed two quality players in Edgar and P.J.," Barnes said. "They’re both versatile players who can come on and help fill the void next year when we lose Terrell Ross and Deginald Erskin. We know these two guys are going to solidify our program as one of the best in the country."

A high school classmate of mine lives near the high school where the 6-5, 240-pound Tucker rules the roost and comments that the senior is a Charles Barkley-type who absolutely is a monster on the glass. His numbers from his junior season validate the props: 27 points, 17 rebounds and three blocked shots per game. In short, he sounds tailor-made for Barnes’ system.

"He brings excellent toughness and competitiveness," Barnes said. "He has the ability to rebound and score with the ball."

A native of Choco, Colombia, the 6-3, 200 Moreno averaged 14 points and six assists as a freshman in helping lead the team to the quarter-finals of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I tournament.

"Edgar is a guy who can run the offense and play without the ball," Barnes said. "He really gets into people on the defensive end."

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