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Every year it seems the Texas coach puts together a strong group. Last year he was able to pick up guys like Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph. He tapped into his Canada pipeline again for five star recruit Myck Kabongo.
Kabongo, Scout.com’s No. 2 rated point guard, is a pass first guy that excels in the open court, where he can create for his teammates and attack the basket. He’ll be given the ball right away when he gets to Austin (Tex.).
Flanking Kabongo is 6-foot-5 wing Sheldon McClellan, fast rising big man Jonathan Holmes and scoring guard Julien Lewis. All four prospects are ranked among Scout.com’s top 100 players.
McClellan and Lewis will provide the scoring punch, as both are solid long-range shooters that are also capable of attacking off the dribble. Holmes, a 6-foot-8 post prospect, has a good set of hands and a couple of crisp post moves.
After Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma State were the clear winners.
Scott Drew continues to pick up major prospects. He added 2012 big man Isaiah Austin early, but his 2011 class is strong as well.
While he only has two commitments in the class, they are two major standouts.
Quincy Miller, Scout.com’s No. 2 player, and high school teammate Deuce Bello, who is ranked No. 32, both verbally committed to the Bears.
Miller, a 6-foot-8 forward, is as good as any long-term prospect in the 2011 class. He brings plenty of scoring to the table and can play both inside and on the perimeter.
Bello’s best attribute is his athleticism, but his ball skills have improved and he’s starting to develop a mid-range game.
Travis Ford’s prize recruit is LeBryan Nash and the 6-foot-7 wing is a major talent that brings scoring, toughness and athleticism to the table. Toss in former top 50 talent and JUCO sensation Karron Johnson and it’s a strong two-man group.
Nash is currently ranked No. 11 overall in the 2011 class.
Texas A&M did a good job scoring Jamal Branch early and Jordan Green is a three-star wing prospect.
How did the Big 12 stack up?
Overall it wasn’t a great recruiting year for the Big 12 from top to bottom.
|Top Big 12 Prospects|
|Top Prospect:||Quincy Miller, Baylor|
|Best Scorer:||Quincy Miller, Baylor|
|Best Passer:||Myck Kabongo, Texas|
|Best Shot Blocker:||Karron Johnson, Oklahoma State|
|Best Floor General:|| Myck Kabongo, Texas|
|Best Post Player:|| Quincy Miller, Baylor|
|Best Shooter:||Julien Lewis, Texas|
|Best Rebounder:||LeBryan Nash, Oklahoma State|
|Best Athlete:||Deuce Bello, Baylor|
The conference does have a couple of elite prospects – Miller, Nash and Kabongo – coming in, but the depth isn’t there, as schools like Kansas and Oklahoma didn’t bring in the type of classes they have in recent years.
Three five-star prospects, eight four-star prospects and eight three-star players are headed to the Big 12. The Big 12’s class ranks fourth among the big fifth conferences.
Scout: Big 12 Recruiting Recap