6. Elijah Long
Elijah Long transferred from Mount St. Mary’s, making him ineligible to play this season. But, watch out for the 2018-2019 college basketball season when Long is eligible to play again.
Smart is smartly building a pipeline of transfer players who sit out a season and are eligible to make a big contribution after learning the system.
This year, it will be big man Dylan Osetkowski, who transferred from Tulane and is expected to be a huge part of the Texas Basketball team this coming year.
In two years, it will be Elijah Long helping run the show as a big, physical guard who Shaka Smart said reminds him of former Longhorn guard Javan Felix.
We’ll see if Matt Coleman will also be playing that season with Long, as he could be one-and-done with Mo Bamba. Hopefully Coleman will play at least two seasons with the Longhorns, but we’ll see how things play out this coming season.
Overall, the Shaka Six recruiting class has the makings of a NCAA Title team. The destination is the 2018 Final Four in San Antonio. And, this is the team headlined by Mo Bamba and Matt Coleman will be the foundation for Shaka Smart to build on for years to come. It’s his Fab Five. And, it’s time to get the Texas Basketball machine revving again.