1. David Cason, Texas
A big-time recruiter, Cason was the point man in securing the Andrew Jones commitment for Texas. While at Tulsa, he was responsible for bringing in Jordan Clarkson, who we just saw play at the Rising Stars Challenge for the Lakers, and Ben Uzoh, an NBA journeyman. Cason also brought potential lottery pick Damion Jones, a 7’0 center, to Vanderbilt during his time in Nashville. He’s credited with discovering Jones and Clarkson before they were national names. At Texas, Cason handles the defense, which is ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 Conference.
2. Jerome Tang, Baylor
He’s been at Baylor for 13 years, serving as the lead recruiter for Isaiah Austin, Perry Jones, Quincy Miller, Rico Gathers, Jonathan Motley and Al Freeman. Tang is a key part of the Bears’ coaching staff and has helped turn the program into perennial national contenders.
3. Tim Jankovich, SMU
Has a tremendous track record, serving as head coach for North Texas and then Illinois State, where he led the Redbirds to four NIT appearances. Jankovich coached at Kansas under Bill Self for four years, and also spent time as an assistant at Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas and Vanderbilt. In April, SMU announced Jankovich as the head coach-in waiting.
4. Kyle Keller, Texas A&M
Was the primary recruiter in bringing in the Aggies’ greatest recruiting class ever in 2015, landing four of the top eight players in the state of Texas. He has an extensive assistant coaching career, including lengthy stints at Kansas and Oklahoma State.
5. Darrin Horn, Texas
Horn was formerly a head coach at Western Kentucky and South Carolina. During his head coaching career, he led his teams to three NIT appearances and made one run to the Sweet Sixteen. He coached Dwyane Wade at Marquette as an assistant, and other players under his leadership have went on to play in the NBA, including Courtney Lee and Jeremy Evans. Horn has been instrumental in the development of Prince Ibeh and Cameron Ridley.
6. Pooh Williamson, Texas Tech
He started coaching the second he finished his playing career in college, and has served as an assistant all over the state including Texas A&M, TCU, and SMU. When TCU moved to the Big 12, Williamson helped land national recruits like Karviar Shepherd, Brandon Parrish and Michael Williams. At Tech, he has worked closely with the guards and been a big part of the development of Devaughntah Williams.
7. Alvin Brooks, Houston
Brooks was the head coach at Houston in the 90s, before serving as an assistant at schools all around the state like Texas Tech, UTEP, North Texas and Texas A&M. He has coached 16 players that went on to the NBA, and played a big role in the development of Jonathan Simmons during his time at Houston.
8. Mike Boynton, Stephen F. Austin
If Brad Underwood takes a head coaching job somewhere else, Boynton could be the lead candidate to replace him. The Brooklyn native coached at South Carolina for four years, where he helped bring in one the greatest recruiting classes in school history. The 2010 class was ranked No. 17 in the country. Boynton has a lot of connections in the Texas area and will use them in recruiting when he lands his first head coaching job.
9. Brian Burton, Lamar
Burton is one of the up-and-comers with a bright future. He recruited Jonathan Simmons to Paris JC and Midland JC before Simmons transferred to Houston. Burton was the point man in recruiting Nick Garth, a top-50 player in the state in our class of 2015 rankings. He also has played a big role in bringing in a strong recruiting class for the Cardinals in 2016, which includes our No. 32-ranked player in the state, Tyrin Atwood, and our No. 37-ranked player in the state, Cameron McGee.
10. Kwanza Johnson, TCU
Johnson is one of the top developmental coaches in the state. He was a big reason for the improvement and success of Javale McGee, Luke Babbitt and Nick Fazekas when he coached at Nevada, as well as Trey Thompkins, Travis Leslie and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope when he was at Georgia. He has been an assistant for 16 years at the collegiate level and continues to develop quality players.