Texas Basketball: 5-Star PF Asa Newell has ‘tremendous’ OV to Austin

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Texas basketball and head coach Rodney Terry has a big stretch of visits among priority recruits in the 2024 class during the preseason this year. Texas hosts multiple elite five-star visitors early in the fall, which got underway with the No. 1 shooting guard recruit in the nation in the 2024 class in the 247Sports Composite and On3 Industry Ranking, Dallas (TX) Link Academy five-star Tre Johnson, on Aug. 26-28.

Last weekend, Terry and the Longhorns hosted another big-time official visitor, the No. 1 power forward recruit in the nation in the 2024 class in the On3 Industry Ranking, Montverde Academy five-star Asa Newell.

The early returns from Newell’s official visit to Austin are positive. Gerry Hamilton of Inside Texas reported on Sep. 11 (paid content) that Newell had a “tremendous official visit” to Austin last weekend.

Texas basketball has a successful official visit with 5-Star 2024 PF Asa Newell

Newell’s official visit to Austin began on Sep. 8 and was his first trip to Texas since the Longhorns offered him last fall. He spent time with Terry and some of the Longhorns assistant coaches, saw the facilities, and practice.

Texas has recruited Montverde Academy well in recent classes

Texas has an established track record in the last half-decade recruiting talent from Montverde Academy. The Longhorns signed two highly rated blue-chip recruits from Montverde Academy in the last two classes: five-star forward Dillon Mitchell and four-star combo guard Chris Johnson.

Former Texas guard Marcus Carr is also a product of Montverde Academy.

Terry and the Longhorns are also heavily involved in two other 2024 recruitments of Newell’s teammates at Montverde Academy: five-star forward Liam McNeeley and five-star point guard Curtis Givens. McNeeley visits Texas later this month (Sep. 21), and Givens officially visited Austin a couple of weekends ago (Sep. 2).

Newell considering Texas among five or six top schools this fall

This is a busy time of year for Newell as he’s scheduled to take four official visits between the last weekend of July and the last full weekend of September. He’s already officially visited the Georgia Bulldogs, Indiana Hoosiers, Gonzaga Bulldogs, and Alabama Crimson Tide.

Newell is scheduled to take an official visit to see the Auburn Tigers starting Sep. 22.

Texas is reportedly one of the schools in a good spot for Newell before the start of his senior season at Montverde Academy. Alabama and Georgia have also made strong impressions on Newell. Georgia also has the family connection to Newell, as his brother, Jaden Newell, plays basketball for the Dawgs.