Less than a month ago on October 24, the Longhorns struck five-star gold again with the news that Phoenix North shooting guard Daniel Bejarano gave his verbal to Rick Barnes. In Bejarano, the Longhorns get a 6-4 guard that can catch and shoot, put the ball on the floor with instincts to create space and attack the rim and score with nifty finishes.
Bejarano, who averaged 23 points, nine rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.8 blocked shots last year, says he picked Texas because they simply had everything he was looking for in a program.
"I picked Texas because they had everything I was looking for," Bejarano said. "ASU (Arizona State) was on me a lot, but I had to explore other schools. The first school I went to out of state was Texas and I loved it. They had everything I need to get to the next level (NBA). I like the style of play. They like to get up and down the floor and so do I. Texas is a big place and is a great education. I need to get out on my own and I've got to be on my own if I make it to the next level, so it will help get me ready."
The ultra talented junior, ranked #20 in the 2010 class, says the people at Texas also played a factor including Head Coach Rick Barnes and first year assistant Chris Ogden.
"To sum it up, the people were just nice. From Coach Barnes to Chris (Ogden), who was a big part of my recruitment, everybody was great. I got to hang out with Todd Wright for about 45 minutes. He's great. He's turned down NBA jobs and stuff, so you know he's good. He didn't talk to me and try to make me feel good, but to be honest about expectations. They never told me not to go to other school or tried to talk me out of looking at other schools during my visit. They said checking out other schools was a good thing. Other schools didn't say that, but I didn't need to check out other schools after Texas," Bejarano said.
Prior to picking Texas, the 6-4, 195-pound long armed scorer considered offers from UCLA, Tennessee, Kansas, USC, West Virginia, Marquette, Indiana, Arizona State, SMU, Oregon State, Washington and Arizona.
With the recruiting process behind him, the Phoenix area star is focused on winning the 5A state title.
"We are just trying to win a state title. The last two years we lost in the semifinals. I want to help my teammates get to the next level too. We play our first game on December 2 at North High. Individually, I'm basically working on parts of my game for my future at Texas too. I've really been working on my off-hand, my left hand," Bejarano said.
Playing with the lofty ranking can sometimes take its toll on prospects, but don't expect that to be the case with Bejarano. The talented guard says his unselfish play is what people like about him that ranks players.
"People have me ranked in the top 20 because I'm unselfish. I'm not a selfish player. I'll give up a good shot to get a teammate a better shot. I see the court and like to pass the ball. I would rather have 10 points and 10 assists than 30 points and one assist." Bejarano said.