The dam finally broke and the trek though the desert is finally over (feel free to insert whatever metaphor youâ€™d like to for a long tiresome event). The story short is 5-star St. Stephen’s Episcopal School recruit (Austin, TX) Jarrett Allen is Shaka Smart’s newest commit and the fourth of the 2016 recruiting class.
As is customary here on HornSports, weâ€™ll break down each player once August rolls around the school year gets going, but for now let’s take a quick look. Here are some quick hitters on what we can expect from Allen and a short break down of his game and ability.
Jarrett Allen stands about six foot nine inches and over two hundred pounds. Heâ€™s a prototypical power forward with legit NBA size. Allen has the length and size to slide over to the center position on spot duty, or feature there in a small ball lineup. He moves well and shows smooth feet with a solid shooting ability from fifteen feet in. Anything around the free throw line and close is almost a sure thing, which is a tremendous boost to a power forwardâ€™s game. He is active on the glass, especially on the offensive end, and has no problem making quick put backs. One of the best things Allen does on the offensive glass is keep the ball up high after he secures a rebound. This allows him to retain position and avoid a strip from smaller players.
He finishes at the bucket very well and from the short corner, and can take one dribble into the chest of a defender and finish off the glass or dunk. Allen has a lot of potential on offense, but it may take a little time to clean up his game. He is not nearly as polished as a player like Myles Turner, but few are. Iâ€™d like to see Allen work on diversifying his post move game, and developing his handles a little bit. That will allow him to face up defenders from 15 feet and take them of the dribble.
Allen is an exciting prospect and will pair nicely with the kind of ball Smart wants to play. He represents a huge need for Texas right now with the mass departure of frontcourt players this season. Donâ€™t be surprised if we see some four guard sets with Allen as the only frontcourt guy.
The Longhorns picked up a big-time player in Allen, who chose the Longhorns over schools like Kansas, Houston, North Carolina and Kentucky.
Texas Basketball Tied for 4th in Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll
Kansas Jayhawks take the top spot
The Big 12 Conference released its preseason coaches team rankings for the upcoming basketball season on Friday. The Longhorns find themselves tied for 4th, with the TCU Horned Frogs, in the field of ten teams. The Kansas Jayhawks top the poll for the eighth consecutive season, collecting all first-place votes and finishing with 81 total points. Kansas State and West Virginia round out the top 3, with 72 and 61 points respectively.
The Big 12 will hold its preseason media day on Wednesday, October 24 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, site of the 2019 Conference Tournament.
The Longhorns kick off their season against Eastern on Tuesday, November 6th against Eastern Illinois at the Frank Erwin Center.
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Shaka Smart, Texas hoops secure commitment of 4-star PF/C Kai Jones
The Longhorns add their 2nd commit of the 2019 recruiting class
The Texas men’s basketball team received some good news on Monday evening when Kai Jones, a 4-star center from Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, verbally pledged to the Longhorns. He held offers from more than 25 schools, including Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio State, Georgetown, Texas, Baylor and Florida State. On September 23rd after visiting Austin, the 6-10, 205 lb. senior from Brewster Academy listed Baylor, Florida State and Texas in his final three.
— Kai Jones (@242_jones) September 23, 2018
Jones’ scouting report from ESPN reads: “An extremely athletic post player who is just scratching the surface of his ability. A hard working and active big man who shows touch facing the basket all the way to the 3 point line. Offensively he is more comfortable and effective playing a face up game in space.”
Although he plays center in high school, Texas is recruiting Jones as a power forward. Originally from the Bahamas, he transferred to Brewster Academy from Orlando Christian Prep in Orlando, Florida, where he won a state championship.
Jones is listed as the 53rd best prospect in the country in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, and the 3rd best player in the state of New Hampshire. He joins Elkins High School (Missouri City, TX) shooting guard Donovan Williams in Shaka Smart’s 2019 recruiting class.
— Kai Jones (@242_jones) October 16, 2018
RT JakePerper: Kai Jones with the vicious slam. ocphoops overtime pic.twitter.com/ZPu9F14CSq
— The Coach Radar (@TheCoachRadar) February 12, 2018
Texas picks up commitment from 2019 4-star SG
The Longhorns secured their first commitment of the 2019 class from SG Donovan Williams earlier today
Shaka Smart picked up his first commitment in the 2019 class Wednesday morning, when Fort Bend Elkins SG Donovan Williams verbally pledged to the Longhorns. The 6’5, 180 pound guard took his official visit to Austin this past weekend, and it didn’t take long for him to pull the trigger. Williams chose Texas over Arizona State, Texas A&M, Miami and Georgia.
Williams is currently ranked as the 111th overall player in the 2019 class, according to the 247sports composite rankings.
Here are some highlights from Williams at the NBPA Top 100 Camp:
Jacob Young announces transfer from Texas Basketball program
University of Texas head coach Shaka Smart lost another player on Thursday, just two days after true freshman Mohamed Bamba announced his decision to leave school early and declare himself eligible for the upcoming NBA Draft. Sophmore guard Jacob Young, who averaged 16.2 minutes and 6.2 points per game for the Longhorns this season, announced via twitter that he would seek a transfer.
Thanks to the coaches, teammates, and staff. After my past two years of experiences at UT, I am transferring. I wish Coach Smart and his program all the best. Jacob Young
— Jacob Young (@YEAHLILJ) March 22, 2018
“I appreciate all of the effort that Jacob has given to our University over the past two seasons,” said head coach Shaka Smart in a statement.
Young was a 4-star recruit out of Yates High School in Houston and was ranked as the 23rd best point guard in the country.
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