The Texas Longhorns have made the last three NCAA Tournaments and Shaka Smart certainly seems prepared to help them start competing in the Big 12 once again. If they don’t do so in the 2016-17 season, they will have a great chance to do so next year after landing a big member of their 2017 recruiting class.
It was reported on Tuesday that the Longhorns got a big commitment from four-star power forward Jericho Sims. He joins Royce Hamm, another four-star power forward, as the second member of Texas’s 2017 class.
“Jericho Sims is a late-blooming big man who has a lot of room to grow in terms of upside,” NBCSports.com recruiting analyst Scott Phillips said. “A good athlete with a good frame to work with, Sims should help immediately on the glass and defensively but his offense will be a work in progress.
“Texas has a large recruiting class and targeted Sims later than many, so this is a nice commitment for the Longhorns.”
Sims is one of the best players in the country. The six-foot-eight Minneapolis native is the No. 15 power forward in the country and the top player in the state of Minnesota.