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Texas Hoops adds Two 2021 Basketball Commits This Month

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Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns’ 2021 recruiting class is now ranked 16th nationally via 247Sports.  

After landing Keeyan Itejere and Emarion Ellis in June and July respectively, Smart and company have landed two more highly rated prospects in the month of August. Three-star power forward, David Joplin and four-star combo guard Tamar Bates are both verbally committed to the ‘Horns.

Texas earned the commitment from Joplin, on August,16. The 6’7 215-pound big man is from Brookfield Central High School in Wisconsin. For the 2021 cycle, he’s viewed as the fourth-best prospect in the state of Wisconsin via the 247Sports Composite.

Joplin last season was a monster for the Wisconsin based school. En route to being first-team All-Greater Metro Conference, Joplin averaged 23.2 points with 10.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. He led the team to a 24-1 record in the process.

Joplin can be played either at the three in a small ball rotation or the four and can be deadly at either position for Texas.

The most recent commit for Smart and Texas is IMG Academy’s four-star prospect, Tamar Bates, who committed on Friday, August 28th.

Bates is a 6’4 175-pound combo guard from the prestigious IMG Academy. Via the 247Sports Composite, the lefty is the eighth-ranked combo guard in the country for the 2021 cycle. Bates announced his commitment during a live interview on the Rivals Instagram page. One quote that stands out from Bates was his sheer honesty as to why he picked Texas.

“I wanted to play for a Black head coach with everything that is going on.”

Last year, Bates played for Kansas’ Piper High School in which he averaged 22.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 2.0 steals per game. Piper went 21-1 thus making it to the 4A State Championship game in Kansas but the COVID-19 pandemic struck so no champion was crowned.

Bates is an elite shooter as well, as he shot splits of 58/44/88 for his junior season.

Both Bates and Joplin should provide major minutes for Texas once college basketball gets rolling again. The class of 2021 sits at four commits currently with potentially more on the way. Texas’s 2020 class only landed one commit, but it was a powerful one in five-star Greg Brown from Vandegrift.

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