Texas lands local 3-Star C, former Vandy signee Jamie Vinson

Texas landed its third scholarship commitment in the 2024 recruiting class from the high school ranks on Monday, 3-Star C Jamie Vinson from Oak Hill Academy.
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Per On3's Joe Tipton, three-star Austin (TX) Oak Hill Academy Jamie Vinson has committed to Texas basketball. A former Vanderbilt Commodores signee, Vinson committed to Texas over the Kentucky Wildcats, South Carolina Gamecocks, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Cal Golden Bears, Ole Miss Rebels, and Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Texas basketball adds former 3-Star Vanderbilt C commit Jamie Vinson

Head coach Rodney Terry and the Longhorns added another key piece to the frontcourt in the 2024 recruiting class. Vinson joins four-star Carrollton (TX) Newman Smith power forward signee Nic Codie in this talented 2024 class in the frontcourt for the Longhorns.

Texas has also signed the elite five-star Dallas (TX) Link Academy shooting guard Tre Johnson in the 2024 class.

Vinson is the 12th scholarship player the Longhorns have signed. Given the 13-player scholarship limit in NCAA basketball, Terry and staff can still add one more player to the rotation entering their inaugural season in the SEC in 2024-25.

The 6-foot-11 and 210-pound big man from Austin, TX, originally committed and signed with Vanderbilt last fall. But he requested a release from his LOI at Vanderbilt after the firing of former head coach Jerry Stackhouse earlier this spring.

Since he decommitted from Vandy in mid-April, Vinson had visited South Carolina and Kentucky. But Texas jumped in this recruitment for the local big man from Austin with a late-cycle offer in mid-May. Roughly three weeks after Texas officially offered Vinson, he committed to Terry and the Longhorns.

Texas gets much-needed frontcourt depth and future upside with Vinson

Vinson brings excellent length and athletic upside to Texas's frontcourt. He can play at the four or the five, given his fluidity, above-average ball-handling and developing floor spacing skills. Vinson has displayed the potential to become a valuable floor spacer with a serviceable but improving fundamental shooting stroke from the mid-range and beyond the arc.

In the low post, Vinson utilizes his length and verticality to get high-percentage looks close to the basket. He's got a good back-to-the-basket game and can finish lobs at the rim in the settled half-court offense or in transition.

On the defensive end of the floor, Vinson's length helps him disrupt shots around the rim. His length and wingspan also makes him a force to be reckoned with on the boards on both ends of the floor.

The type of physical traits and two-way upside Vinson possesses should mean he can easily outperform his ranking from the major recruiting services if he fulfills his potential at the collegiate level in the next two or three years. He ranks as the No. 239 prospect nationally in the 2024 class in the 247Sports Composite, No. 41 center, and No. 11 from Texas.

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