Four-star picking Texas over Duke gives Shaka Smart help where he needs it

Class of 2017 standout Matt Coleman committed to Texas on Monday and in the process solved a massive problem for one of the Big 12's biggest brands.

"It's a perfect fit," Coleman said on television.

And it really is, if only because it's reasonable to suggest no relevant program needs to add a heralded point guard to the roster more than Texas. A lack of one now is the main reason the Longhorns are 7-10 overall and 1-4 in the Big 12 in Shaka Smart's second season in Austin, which doubles as his first without Isaiah Taylor.

I've said this before and still believe it to be true: No program misses a player who entered last year's NBA Draft early more than Texas misses Isaiah Taylor. The 6-foot-2 point guard averaged 15.0 points and 5.0 assists last season, led the Longhorns to the NCAA Tournament and then decided to forgo his senior year and enter the NBA Draft. He was not selected and now plays in the NBDL. UT's disappointing season to date is mostly a direct result of that development.

Coleman should make things better next season, though. He's a 6-1 point guard from Oak Hill Academy in Virginia who has played with USA Basketball and is 31st in in the 247Sports Class of 2017 Composite Player Rankings.

He picked Texas over Duke.

Texas' class now features four consensus top-100 prospects. The others are No. 54 Jericho Sims, No. 80 Jase Febres and No. 83 Royce Hamm. The class is ranked sixth nationally in the 247Sports Class of 2017 Composite Team Rankings

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