Texas Basketball: 3 must-get 2024 recruits for Longhorns this fall

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Head coach Rodney Terry and his staff just finished the 2023 Texas basketball recruiting class with a couple of late-cycle additions this offseason. Most recently, Texas brought in the former LSU Tigers commit and three-star Houston (TX) PSAT-XEA Academy small forward Devon Pryor. Texas flipped Pryor from LSU and got him to reclassify from the 2024 class to 2023.

Pryor arrived on campus this summer as an enrollee a few months ahead of the 2023-24 college basketball season.

The other late-cycle addition for Terry and the Longhorns staff in the 2023 class was the former Kansas Jayhawks commit and high-four-star Montverde Academy combo guard Chris Johnson. Texas essentially added the depth back that it lost when five-star Duncanville forward Ron Holland and five-star Southern California Academy combo guard AJ Johnson de-committed from the Longhorns to go the G-League route earlier this offseason.

Now that Terry and the Longhorns staff have officially closed the book on the 2023 class, it’s time to look at what lies ahead for the 2024 cycle. We’re not far from the Early Signing Period for the 2024 class, which begins in mid-November 2023.

Must-get priority recruits for Texas basketball in the 2024 class ahead of the season

Here’s a look at three must-get recruits for the Longhorns in the 2024 class heading into the fall.

Nic Codie, PF

This spot on the list could go to one of two power forward targets for Terry and the Longhorns in the 2024 class heading into the fall. High-four-star Carrollton (TX) Newman Smith power forward Nic Codie and four-star Houston (TX) Pasadena Memorial power forward Robert Miller III are two of the top priorities in-state at this position in the 2024 class for Texas.

Texas isn’t in dire need of adding frontcourt depth, but it will replace senior big men Dylan Disu and Brock Cunninghan next offseason, as they will exhaust their eligibility. Sophomore forward Dillon Mitchell will also likely declare for the 2024 NBA Draft.

That leaves junior power forward and UTEP transfer Ze’Rik Onyema, Pryor, redshirt junior big man Kadin Shedrick, and sophomore forward Alex Anamekwe as the forwards/bigs on the projected roster for the 2024-25 season.

Among those four returning Longhorns players, I would be confident in saying that one of them, at most, would be a very capable starter for the 2024-25 campaign. That’s why adding an elite power forward in the 2024 class is a priority for this staff.

But after a successful unofficial visit and an offer from Texas last month, it looks like Codie could be the top priority at power forward for Terry and the Longhorns staff at this point of the offseason in the 2024 class. Texas made a big impression on Codie during his mid-June trip to Austin (per On3).

"“I really like it. The coaching staff had a real at home vibe to them. The campus and arena were nice. I got to watch the team play a little. The tutor, trainer and everybody had a family. They had a welcoming feel to them.”"

Codie is set to make a return trip to Austin this fall for an official visit on Sep. 29. He’ll also officially visit the TCU Horned Frogs (Sep. 1), Virginia Tech Hokies (Sep. 8), LSU Tigers (Sep. 22), and Houston Cougars (Oct. 13) this fall.