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Rick Barnes gets a top big man for 2012

Posted on: January 14, 2011 1:16 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2011 1:27 pm

Posted by MATT JONES

While nearly all of the top high school basketball players in the class of 2011 have already picked their college choice, the class of 2012 is starting to see its members begin to pull the trigger as well.

Late last night, Texas picked up the commitment of Cameron Ridley , an explosive five-star center from Fort Bend, Texas, who eschewed the advances of powers Kansas and North Carolina to stay in his home staet and play for the Longhorns. 

The 6-10, 240-pound big man has been slowly rising in the class of 2012 rankings over the past year and has now fully developed into one of the best overall big men in the land, reaching No.5 in the ESPN 2012 Super 60.

Ridley told ESPN's Dave Telep he picked Texas due to its close proximity and the fact that it was one of the first teams to express heightened interest in him early. The early evaluation and hot pursuit of local talent has been a successful method for Rick Barnes in the past and has allowed him to get quick commitments from top talent such as LeMarcus Aldridge and T.J. Ford, before the national programs come calling.

Ridley is an old-school big man, who does his best work in the lane and has a strong array of post moves. Rather than falling for the trap of hanging out on the perimeter, Ridley is aggressive in the paint and is able to play like a true post presence, something that Rick Barnes loves.

He is the first member of the 2012 class, but with the class stocked with a number of top in-state talents, the Ridley commitment could be the first piece of an epic class for Rick Barnes and his staff.

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:25 am

Rick Barnes gets a top big man for 2012

Now i am practically rather thoroughly clean to wp. but that which you publish on this world-wide-web log is definitely great and particularly valuable.

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2011 9:11 am

Rick Barnes gets a top big man for 2012

Rick Barnes's biggest problem is not getting talent to compete, just look at the past 10 years of Texas players in the NBA, and productive in the NBA.  What is his biggest problem, is after he recruits and develops the players talent, they bolt to the NBA and do not stay for all 4 years of college.  Texas has had 4 top ten players in the NBA draft the last 5 years, 2 juniors and 3 sophmores.  The year Kevin Durant came out when Texas made final 4, they were missing a presence in the middle and LaMarcus Aldridge would have been a senior but left 2 years early for the NBA... Can you just imagine that team if it stayed together?...

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2011 7:46 pm

Rick Barnes gets a top big man for 2012

Zing...busted me.

I was just pointing out that Texas gets top flight talent and they always seem to fall short, which is the exact opposite of MSU--who normally maximizes mediocre talent.  Anyhow, maybe this year's a flip flop.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2011 5:23 pm

Rick Barnes gets a top big man for 2012

It seems as if he got "more" than enough to beat the Spartans though.  And face it, he's done a good job this year without a true superstar.  

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2011 4:41 pm

Rick Barnes gets a top big man for 2012

Good decision.  Nobody gets less out of more than Rick Barnes.

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