Texas Basketball: 3 biggest 2020 recruiting misses so far

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With the 2020 Texas basketball recruiting class still sitting with zero pledges, where does head coach Shaka Smart go from here?

As of Feb. 21, there isn’t much to get excited about with the 2020 Texas basketball recruiting class. Texas has yet to land a single commitment for this recruiting cycle. And somehow this storyline is completely flying under the radar throughout a tumultuous 2019-20 regular season. All the hot seat rumors surrounding head coach Shaka Smart could be burying this storyline well below where it would normally sit in terms of local and national media attention.

Since Texas does keep such a heavy focus on football, basketball recruiting does tend to fly under the radar on a regular basis. But Texas does normally recruit well under Smart’s direction. Even dating back to the days where Rick Barnes was the men’s basketball head coach on the Forty Acres, Texas recruited with the best of them in the Big 12.

Something has changed as Texas is less than two months from National Signing Day for the 2020 basketball recruiting cycle and doesn’t even have a pledge in sight yet. Texas is putting too many eggs in one basket (no pun intended) with five-star Vandegrift power forward Greg Brown. While the Austin native Brown is a tremendous talent and deserves priority from Texas, they need a backup plan.

If Texas loses even one or two key players either as early entrants to the NBA Draft or to the NCAA Transfer Portal next offseason, the rotation will start coming up short on depth and talent.

At this point, there’s a lot for Texas to look back on and learn about how to handle the rest of the 2020 recruiting cycle.

Here’s a look into the three biggest prospect misses so far for the 2020 recruiting class of the Texas Longhorns basketball program.