The 2020 Texas basketball recruiting class is starting to hand out more offers, with the most recent going to four-star guard DJ Steward.
The 2020 Texas basketball recruiting class is hoping to get off to a solid start soon, without a single commit in store as of Jan. 11. The only Big 12 basketball program that has a 2020 commit thus far in the recruiting cycle is the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Oklahoma State head coach Mike Boynton got off to a good start for his recruiting classes for the 2019 and 2020 cycles.
However, Texas Longhorns basketball head coach Shaka Smart is also a good recruiter traditionally, but needs to get more momentum going for the 2020 cycle. One factor that could help Smart out was the recent coach visit to a key point guard target. Four-star Whitney Young High School and Chicago, IL, point guard DJ Steward received a coach visit and was offered to join the 2020 Texas basketball recruiting class on consecutive days.
Steward had his coach visit on Jan. 9 and then received his offer from the 2020 Texas basketball recruiting class the following day. This is the 11th 2020 prospect that was offered for the 2020 Texas basketball recruiting class, and more should be on the horizon.
In total, Steward received three coach visits including the one from the Horns and 10 offers. Steward’s offer sheet is highlighted by the Illinois Fighting Illini, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Florida Gators, and Marquette Golden Eagles. He’s also receiving some interest, but no offers yet, from Big Ten programs like the Michigan State Spartans.
The two other coach visits Steward received were also on Jan. 9, from Michigan State and the DePaul Blue Demons. Once Michigan State offers him it will be a suitor to watch and DePaul is a local favorite to get his commitment too. The Creighton Blue Jays are another regional program that offered him early in his recruitment and will challenge this 2020 Texas basketball recruiting class to nab him.
This 6-foot-1 and 150 pound point guard has a very high ceiling, but also has a lot of growing to do mentally and physically. Steward is a raw prospect that has a ton of talent and looks like a natural facilitator and quality defender. He is a great two-way player that would be a natural draw for a scheme like the one that Smart runs.
Steward ranks as the No. 110 2020 high school prospect in the nation and the 18th best point guard. He’s starting to expand his offer sheet very fast and should gain some momentum as one of the more underrated point guards in the nation for the 2020 recruiting cycle.
There isn’t much indication as to who’s the early favorite to land Steward. It’s still fairly early in his recruitment and anyone, such as the Texas basketball recruiting class for 2020, could make a run to land his commitment. Rivals FanCast gives Illinois the greatest chance of landing Steward, but that’s the only indicator among any major recruitment outlets.