Rick Barnes and the Texas Longhorns Basketball program received a huge boost Wednesday when Euless Trinity center Myles Turner announced he has committed to Texas.
The seven-footer is the ESPN100 No. 2 ranked player. Turner chose Texas over schools like Duke, Kansas, Arizona, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, and Ohio State.
Turner will join a Longhorn roster that should return nearly everyone from a team that finished 24-11 and won its first NCAA tournament game since 2011. Turner will be able to team up with Cameron Ridley and Jonathan Holmes to give Texas a formidable front court. He can also step outside and hit the three. Having a versatile player like Turner who can block shots in addition to shooting from the perimeter should make the Longhorns a preseason favorite to win the Big 12.
The big question is – how long will Turner stay at Texas? If he has a breakout freshman season will he be tempted to jump to the NBA like Avery Bradley, Corey Joseph, T.J. Ford, Tristan Thompson and his idol, Kevin Durant have done?
For now, Texas fans can rejoice in landing its biggest recruit (on the ESPN100 list) since Bradley in 2009.