3 must-win recruitments for Rodney Terry this summer

Texas needs to get the ball rolling on the recruiting trail in the 2025 class in the next few months.
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Texas basketball recruiting is expected to be a more active time in the headlines on the trail during the summer. Head coach Rodney Terry and his staff will host some official visitors among top targets on the recruiting trail in the 2025 class. Official visits can also take place during the fall.

Top priority recruitments for Texas basketball and Rodney Terry entering the summer months

Summer is when hoops recruiting tends to heat up on the trail, though, since the Early Signing Period gets most top prospects to lock-in their commitments in November of their senior year.

It was late last summer when the Longhorns started to find some steam on the recruiting trail in the 2024 class that wound up committing to Texas before signing day in November. Five-star shooting guard Cam Scott became the first Texas commit in the 2024 class last August.

The two recruits who eventually signed with Texas in the 2024 class, five-star shooting guard Tre Johnson and four-star power forward Nic Codie, both had decisions leading into the fall. Johnson and Codie both committed to Texas during the fall when Terry and Co. were starting to build momentum on the trail for the 2024 class.

If this offseason on the trail follows a similar pattern to last year, Terry and the Longhorns will likely be more active recruiting for the 2025 class in the coming months.

Here are three must-win recruitments for Terry and the Longhorns in the 2025 class this summer.

Shelton Henderson, SF

The No. 4 prospect from Texas in the 2025 class in the 247Sports Composite, Bellaire (TX) high-four-star Shelton Henderson, is among the top in-state priorities this cycle for Terry and the Longhorns. Henderson has visited Texas multiple times in the last couple of years, including in early-January for an unofficial trip.

"I love coach Terry. Since he has been there he has made a huge impact with his coaching style, allowing his players to play and to play fast."

Terry has a great relationship with Henderson and views him as a natural fit for his scheme in the wing rotation (per 247Sports). The 6-foot-6 and 220-pound wing Henderson is an uber-athletic and bouncy prospect who can play multiple positions between the two and the four.

Henderson utilizes his athleticism and strong frame to create separation and get to the basket on offense and to be a consistent disruptive presence as a one-on-one defender.

That type of two-way versatility and athleticism Henderson brings would be a valuable fit for Terry's free-flowing system on the wing.

Texas is reportedly one of the schools standing out to Henderson early in his recruiting process. He reportedly has the most consistent communication with the Houston Cougars, LSU Tigers, Louisville Cardinals, and the Longhorns.

Henderson plans to take official visits to the four aforementioned top schools during the summer and in the fall.