Summer 2016 has been good to Texas schools.
Some of the top in-state players have made their collegiate choices during the last couple of months, and surprisingly, many are staying close to home. Perhaps even more shocking, TCU has reeled in two impressive verbal commitments behind the recruiting efforts of new coach Jamie Dixon. RJ Nembhard, a 6’4 guard from Keller, announced he was staying home for college on Twitter at the end of June. The No. 16-ranked player in the state averaged 20.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game as a junior last year.
Joining Nembhard at TCU is class of 2018 point guard, Kendric Davis. The 5’9 prospect is ranked No. 12 in his class, and chose the Frogs over Wichita State and Kansas State.
TJ Starks was another big name on the market, and after deliberating between Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Louisiana Tech, the 6’2 point guard from Lancaster announced he would become an Aggie come 2017. Billy Kennedy has done a phenomenal job recruiting over the past few years, but he’s had trouble keeping those prospects from transferring out of the program. We’ll see if Starks can break that pattern.
Mike Morrell took the lead on recruiting Royce Hamm to Texas and succeeded in securing a committment from the 6’8 power forward. An athletic big, Hamm is ranked No. 8 in his class and should provide a nice lift to the Longhorns roster in 2017.