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Texas Longhorns 2013 Basketball Recruiting Tracker

Keeping track of the Texas Longhorns basketball recruiting efforts, top targets, and official visits in the 2013 class.

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Wiggins picks KU: What that means for the Big 12

Uber-prospect Andrew Wiggins committed to Kansas today. That's both bad and good for the Big 12.

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Texas lands late 2013 hoops recruit from Detroit

A late recruit comes on board from Detroit (MI) Pershing.

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Texas offers 2013 SG Martez Walker

According to multiple sources, 2013 wing guard Martez Walker from Detroit (MI) Pershing received an offer after he officially visited Texas.

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Croaker & Taylor Sign LOIs

Two of the three committed hoops seniors have sent in their LOIs, while the third is expected to sign a financial aid agreement.

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Texas hoops land third guard in 2013 class

The combo guard from Richardson (Tex.) Berkner committed after taking his official visit to Texas.

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Another 2013 guard schedules OV to Texas

The Top 100 combo guard from Richardson (Tex.) Berkner will visit Austin on March 28.

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Julius Randle spurns Texas, commits to Kentucky

The 5* forward from Plano (Tex.) Prestonwood Christian picked Kentucky over Texas along with Kansas and Florida.

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Texas Hoops land 2nd commitment in 2013 class

The versatile shooting guard from Orlando (Fla.) Jones high school has officially picked Texas.

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2013 SG Keith Frazier eliminates Texas

The McDonald's All-American wasn't expected to pick the Longhorns anyway.

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5* PF Julius Randle sets announcement date

The 5* forward from Texas will pick from Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, Florida, N.C. State & Oklahoma on March 20.

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UT Hoops will get official visit from Florida SG

The 4* SG from Orlando will be in town this weekend.

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USC releases SG from LOI, Texas in the mix

Texas recruiting target Kendal Yancy-Harris is officially back on the recruiting market.

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All Access: PG Isaiah Taylor's Unofficial Visit

Awesome and unique insight to committed PG Isaiah Taylor's first look at the University of Texas.

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Horns host official visit from committed PG

The Longhorns' only committed prospect was in town for the Kansas game.

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5* SG will visit Texas this weekend

The 5* prospect from Dallas Kimball will be in Austin this weekend.

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Rounding Out the 2013 Recruiting Classes

Because recruiting still matters.

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Texas Hoops Offers a 2013 PG

There was a surprise offer extended by the Texas Longhorns coaching staff this past weekend. According to Houston-based sources, 2013 point guard Isaiah Taylor from Houston (Tex.) The Village now possesses an offer. The news was broken by Jim Hicks of RCS Sports.

Hicks runs a website dedicated to Houston area high school basketball. He ranks Taylor as the 9th best prospect in the greater Houston area. Nationally, Taylor is not highly regarded by the major recruiting services. According to the 247 Composite rankings, he's just a 2-star recruit and ranks outside the top 300.

Taylor is from Northern California originally, and moved to Texas to gain more exposure to major colleges. The move appears to have paid off. Following strong summer league play, he picked up offers from teams like the Penn St. Nittany Lions and Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Texas offer is his most significant to date.

Taylor currently plays for The Village, a private school in Houston, alongside senior forward Dylan Jones. Jones was originally committed to Pepperdine, but reopened his recruitment and subsequently committed to Penn. The Village plays a freelance schedule and does not compete in UIL or TAPPS.

On the AAU circuit, Taylor runs with Texas PRO, the occasional home of five-star PG Emmanuel Mudiay, a top Texas target in the 2014 class. Texas PRO's Twitter account also confirmed that Taylor has an offer, and notes that Taylor will attend Texas' game against North Carolina this week.

On the surface, the offer is a bit of a head-scratcher. Many fans were calling for head coach Rick Barnes to recruit a point guard, particularly since Myck Kabongo is unlikely to be around for his junior season. However, those calls were more so for an elite player like Kentucky-bound Andrew Harrison, someone who could immediately step in and provide championship-level leadership.

With Kabongo sitting on the sidelines, freshman Javan Felix has been thrust into a starring role. Felix has had his ups and downs, but appears to be on track to becoming a solid multi-year starter for the Longhorns. Further, fellow freshman DeMarcus Holland has drawn early praise and looks like a capable backup behind Felix. As such, there does not appear to be any immediate playing time available for a developmental project like Taylor.

That said, Taylor's recruitment has picked up recently, and he may simply be better than advertised. Judge for yourself here and here.

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Texas Hoops Offers a 2013 PF

According to multiple sources, the Texas Longhorns have extended a new offer in the 2013 recruiting class. Power forward Demetrius Henry from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Faith Baptist Christian is the recipient. The news was broken by he Twitter feed of his AAU squad, Team Breakdown.

Henry is ranked 102nd nationally in the 247 Composite rankings. He has officially visited the Illinois Fighting Illini, Clemson Tigers, and Rutgers Scarlet Knights. According to Will Gunter of 247 Sports, Henry's favorites are Rutgers and Clemson along with the Miami Hurricanes, South Carolina Gamecocks, and South Florida Bulls.

The offer to Henry looks like a long shot for Texas, given how far Henry has already pursued his recruitment. More concerning is the assumption that Texas may be looking to hedge its recruitment of five-star forward Julius Randle. Though the Longhorns are arguably the public favorite for Randle, there is speculation that a continuation of Texas' disappointing season will drop the Longhorns in Randle's eyes.

As for Henry, his scouting report lists his strengths as a high-energy rebounder and capable spot shooter. In that vein, he sounds like an asset in the mold of Jonathan Holmes, though certainly not the program-changer that a player like Randle would be. For now, we'll keep monitoring Henry's recruitment.

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Julius Randle Sets Texas Visit Date

In his latest blog entry for USA Today, 2013 power forward Julius Randle announced his final three official visit dates. Randle, from Plano (Tex.) Prestonwood Christian, will visit the Texas Longhorns on February 9. The Longhorns are set to take on the Oklahoma St. Cowboys in an early afternoon game.

Randle will get a second opportunity to see Texas when he travels to Lawrence on February 16. The Longhorns will be in town to face the Kansas Jayhawks. Randle's remaining visit is on January 26, to visit the N.C. State Wolfpack.

The Texas and Kansas visit dates differ from an earlier report by Adam Zagoria. Soon after that report, Randle did have surgery on a fracture in his foot, which may have altered his visit timeline.

Randle previously took official visits to see the Kentucky Wildcats and Florida Gators this past fall. His remaining finalist, the Oklahoma Sooners, will not get an official visit. However, Randle did take an unofficial visit to Norman in the fall and was at the Notre Dame-Oklahoma football game.

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UT Target Julius Randle Breaks Foot, Out 3 Months

2013 power forward Julius Randle, the top recruiting target on the Texas Longhorns 2013 big board, will be sidelined three months after breaking his foot over the weekend. He was injured participating in Dallas' Thanksgiving Hoopfest, a basketball event bringing together most of the top teams in the region.

Randle, who plays from Plano (Tex.) Prestonwood Christian, will miss most, if not all, of his high school team's basketball season. It's another blow for the Titans, who won the TAPPS 5A State Championship last year. Prestonwood Christian lost star forward Mickey Mitchell, a five-star recruit in the 2015 class, when Mitchell tore his ACL playing quarterback. Mitchell's older brother is Mike Mitchell, a well-regarded linebacker in the 2013 class.

Right now, Randle is targeting a return for the playoffs, though that remains uncertain. He should be fine by the time the post-season all-star circuit comes around, as Randle is a McDonald's All-American lock.

Aside from Texas, Randle is also considering the Florida Gators, Kentucky Wildcats, N.C. State Wolfpack, Kansas Jayhawks, and Oklahoma Sooners.

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Julius Randle Reportedly Sets Official Visit Date

According to Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv, 2013 power forward Julius Randle from Plano (Tex.) Prestonwood Christian has tentatively scheduled his remaining official visits. Per Randle's mother, Randle will visit the Texas Longhorns on the weekend of December 15, followed by the Kansas Jayhawks the weekend of December 28 and the N.C. State Wolfpack the weekend of January 25.

Randle previously took official visits to the Kentucky Wildcats and Florida Gators this past fall. He will not take an official visit to his remaining finalist, the Oklahoma Sooners, although Randle did unofficially visit Norman the weekend of October 27.

There is a lot of chatter that Texas leads for the five-star prospect. For example, that sentiment was voiced by Rivals.com's Eric Bossi, who watched Randle and his high school team this past weekend at Dallas' Thanksgiving Hoopfest event.

The stance of Texas recruitniks is appropriately pragmatic. Despite early season struggles, the hope is that the Longhorns will go on to have a promising season this year. This would hopefully prove to Randle that he is the "missing piece" to help lead the Longhorns to a championship run in the 2013-14 season.

Presumably, the early season visit is not good news for Texas, who would rather get him on campus for a more raucous, hoops-oriented atmosphere. On December 15, the Longhorns will take on mighty Texas St., and with the student body entrenched in finals week, the Erwin Center will surely be about as loud as its derisive nickname, "The Library." That said, even if Randle makes that scheduled trip his official visit weekend, there is still plenty of opportunity for him to revisit Austin in the spring before he makes his final decision.

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Joel Embiid Down to 3: Did the Horns Make the Cut?

2013 center Joel Embiid from Gainesville (Fla.) The Rock has narrowed down his list of finalists to three schools. The raw but talented big man will choose from the Florida Gators, Kansas Jayhawks, and Texas Longhorns. Coaches from all three schools had in-home visits with Embiid yesterday. He is expected to announce his decision next week.

The Longhorns are likely third in this race, as both Florida and Kansas are considered the co-favorites ahead of the Longhorns. The Jayhawks will have an opening at center after the departure of senior center Jeff Withey. Meanwhile, Florida has the "hometown" advantage and holds the popular vote of most recruitniks. The Gators could also lose current center Patric Young to the NBA Draft. With the Longhorns expecting the return of current freshmen Cameron Ridley and Prince Ibeh at center next year, the immediate playing time that Embiid is seeking may be hard to come by in Austin.

That said, it's commendable that the Longhorns coaching staff, particularly ex-Florida assistant Rob Lanier, identified Embiid early and stayed on him as his stock soared this summer. Embiid is expected to sign in the Early Signing Period, which starts on November 14.

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Brandon Austin Set for Official Visit to Texas

After a few false starts--DeMarcus Croaker, JaJuan Johnson, and Ishmail Wainright--the Texas Longhorns will finally host a 2013 wing player on an official visit. According to Adam Zagoria, 2013 small forward Brandon Austin from Philadelphia (Penn.) Imhotep Charter is set to fly to Austin tonight.

The Longhorns are looking for one wing player that can handle and score to sign early in the 2013 class. It's been a tough road to hoe. With current Longhorns Sheldon McClellan, Julien Lewis, Ioannis Papapetrou, and DeMarcus Holland all set to have two or three more years of eligibility left starting next year, early playing time may be difficult to come by for any non-elite freshman.

As a result, recruits like JaJuan Johnson and Ishmail Wainright decided to look elsewhere, choosing to never take their scheduled official visits to Texas. Meanwhile, presumed top target DeMarcus Croaker from Orlando (Fla.) Jones has had issues with achieving a high enough SAT score to qualify. With his academic eligibility in question, Brandon Austin has become a higher priority target for the Longhorns.

Austin decommitted from the Penn St. Nittany Lions in July. He has already taken two official visits, to see the Providence Friars and Connecticut Huskies. After Texas, Austin will have two official visits remaining, which are tentatively bookmarked for the UCLA Bruins and Georgetown Hoyas. He is also considering the Syracuse Orange, Florida Gators, Xavier Musketeers, and Temple Owls for his two remaining visits.

Texas is pushing for a fall decision, but Austin has not set a commitment timetable. Along with Austin and Croaker, the only other prospects the Longhorns are actively pursuing at this time at center Joel Embiid from Gainesville (Fla.) The Rock and power forward Julius Randle from Plano (Tex.) Prestonwood Christian.

Embiid took an official visit to Texas earlier this month and is on target for a fall decision, with the Longhorns in the mix along with the Florida Gators, Kansas Jayhawks, Virginia Cavaliers and other schools. Randle just took an unofficial visit to Texas this past weekend and will make a spring decision. Currently, Florida and Texas are considered his two favorites.

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JaJuan Johnson and Texas Part Ways

2013 shooting guard JaJuan Johnson from Memphis (Tenn.) Southwind did not take his official visit to see the Texas Longhorns this weekend, as previously planned. According to ESPN's William Wilkerson, Johnson is no longer considering Texas ($).

"The Texas staff and I decided that it was best thing for me and the program," Johnson said.

Asked if the Longhorns were at all an option for him right now, Johnson responded, "At this time, no."

The Longhorns coaching staff is still pursuing shooting guard DeMarcus Croaker from Orlando (Fla.) Jones, though qualification issues are a concern. Additionally, Texas has ratcheted up interest with two other wing players, Ishmail Wainwright and Brandon Austin. Wainright is expected to visit Texas later this month. Meanwhile, Austin recently decommitted from Penn State and is reopening up his recruitment.

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