Texas basketball signs trio of four-star recruits

It’s a good day to be a Texas basketball fan.

On Wednesday, the Longhorns announced a trio of highly touted recruits have joined the program. The three players to sign with Texas — Jase Febres, Royce Hamm Jr. and Jericho Sims — are all four-star recruits.

We’re extremely excited about the addition of these three terrific young men to our program,” Texas head coach Shaka Smart said in a statement. “It’s a group that combines athleticism, skill, versatility and high character, and will be the foundation of a tremendous class.”

Febres is a 6-foot-5, 180 pound guard from Westfield High School in Houston, Texas. Febres, the No. 4 player in the state of Texas, is a top 60 recruit in the country, according to 247 Sports.


“Jase is a very good athlete who can really shoot the ball from deep,” Smart said. “His great mind for the game and knack for creating winning plays make his ceiling as a player very high.”

Hamm Jr., also from Houston, Texas, is a 6-foot-7, 200 pound forward from Aldine Davis High School. Hamm is the No. 7 overall recruit in the state of Texas.

“Royce is a versatile forward who combines ball skills, athleticism and strength,” Smart said. “He has the ability to score from outside and around the basket and can really rebound the basketball.”

Sims, meanwhile, is a 6-foot-9, 220 pound forward from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sims, the No. 13 power forward in the nation is the top recruit in his state.

“Jericho possesses tremendous quickness and touch for a player of his size,” Smart said. “He is a powerful athlete whose emerging skill set and explosiveness make his potential almost limitless.”

All three players will join the Longhorns for the 2017-18 college basketball season.

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