The biggest weakness with this year’s Texas team will be its lack of post players and inside depth. Rick Barnes has clearly made sure that won’t be the case next season.
Prince Ibeh, a 6-foot-11 big man from Naaman Forest (Tex.), committed to the Longhorns on Thursday night. He chose Texas over Arkansas, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.
Ibeh joins a very good recruiting class that also includes Cameron Ridley, a 6-foot-10 center and the No. 9-ranked player in 2012. Although the two are both inside players, they are very different. Ridley is a massive body in the post who has good hands and is tough to stop once he gets the ball.
Ibeh is an excellent shot-blocker who has very good timing and defensive instincts. He is long and athletic, and is improving offensively. On the glass, he uses his leaping ability to snare rebounds and make plays at both ends. Ibeh is ranked No. 82 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100.
In addition to Ibeh and Ridley, Texas also has pledges from Javan Felix and Connor Lammert. The Longhorns had a borderline top-10 class before the Ibeh’s commitment – expect them to move up in the rankings.
Purdue nabs A.J. Hammons
A.J. Hammons has had an interesting high school career thus far. He was once considered one of the top centers in the class of 2012, but a variety of factors contributed to hinder his reputation.
When Hammons focuses and plays hard, though, he has the potential to be an impact big man.
Purdue is hoping the light switch turns on sooner rather than later for Hammons, as the 6-foot-10 Oak Hill Academy (Va.) product popped for the Boilermakers on Thursday night.
Minnesota, Cincinnati and Dayton were also in the running for Hammons, who ranks No. 98 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100. He joins Ronnie Johnson, Raphael Davis and Jay Simpson in Matt Painter’s recruiting class.
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