Archive for April, 2013

2013 SG Martez Walker commits to the Texas Longhorns

Posted by    |    April 30th, 2013 at 11:03 am

20130313_pjc_sm8_411

Martez Walker, a 2013 wing player from Detroit (MI) Pershing, has committed to the Texas Longhorns. The news was first broken by T.J. Kelley from IPSBasketball.com, a Michigan-area recruiting service. Walker becomes the fourth commitment in the 2013 class, following Isaiah Taylor, Demarcus Croaker, and Kendal Yancy.

Detroit Pershing 2013 wing Martez Walker commits to Texas per his travel team @reachlegends

— TJ Kelley (@scoopIPS) April 30, 2013

Walker had taken an official visit to Texas last week, at which point he received an offer from head coach Rick Barnes. Per Kelley, Texas assistant Rob Lanier initiated Walker’s recruitment. The late pursuit by Texas is reminiscent of past recruitments of players like Sterling Gibbs and Demarcus Holland. Both guards were added the prior two years after roster shakeups freed scholarship availability.

The Longhorns have already lost two perimeter players prior to graduation: point guard Myck Kabongo (declared for NBA Draft) and Sheldon McClellan (transferred). In addition, there are questions about the future of sophomore guard Julien Lewis, who may still end up transferring, and Croaker, who has eligibility concerns prior to enrolling at Texas.

(more…)

Texas & The 2013 NFL Draft – How Do We Compare?

Posted by    |    April 29th, 2013 at 2:01 pm

167511916

The Texas Longhorns placed three players in the NFL draft, all from the 2009 recruiting class. Marquise Goodwin broke the streak of no Longhorn offensive players drafted since 2010. We’re still waiting for a Longhorn OL draft pick since 2008.

In 2009, while the Horns were playing for the national title against Alabama on the strength of Colt McCoy and an elite Longhorn defense, Longhorn coaches were in the midst of identifying, recruiting, and developing incoming talent below the likes of:

2013 NFL Draftees

Rutgers – 7

Oklahoma – 6

Texas A&M – 5

UCONN – 5

North Carolina – 5

Clemson – 4

(more…)

Texas Baseball Swept By Baylor Bears, Now Dead Last In Big 12

Posted by    |    April 29th, 2013 at 11:21 am

20130424_jla_bk2_001

The hits keep coming for Texas athletics baseball. Well, figuratively. Actual hits are a rarity.

The Horns lost 6-2, 1-0, 5-2 to Baylor over the weekend, scoring a total of four runs over three games, and wasting good pitching before Baylor’s strong Game 3 at the plate.

The Longhorns have now lost three Big 12 games 1-0 this season.

The Horns, currently 22-20, and 5-13 in conference play, are dead last in the league, a full game behind Texas Tech. Texas Tech holds the crucial tie-breaker though. It’s really coming down to the wire!

(more…)

Durant Dream Derailed, Russell Westbrook To Undergo Surgery

Posted by    |    April 26th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

20130424_ajw_ax3_103

Russell Westbrook is out with a torn meniscus and will have surgery. His timetable for return is unknown

The injury happened here, when Patrick Beverly lunged awkwardly for a steal as Westbrook advanced to call a time out.

Russhurt_medium_medium

Westbrook played through the pain for two more quarters and discovered the injury post-game.

The Thunder should start Reggie Jackson in Westbrook’s place, but a Thunder offense that relies heavily on players creating their own shots and Westbrook’s improvisation will be significantly debilitated.

2013 SG Martez Walker: Why did the Texas Longhorns offer?

Posted by    |    April 25th, 2013 at 2:43 pm

163702093

2013 wing guard Martez Walker from Detroit (MI) Pershing officially visited the Texas Longhorns this past week. The news was first broken by a local area recruiting reporter, Steven Manrique. According to multiple Texas recruitniks, during the official visit, Walker received an offer from the Longhorns coaching staff.

Pershing small forward Martez Walker is visiting #Texas tomorrow. They have offered him.

— Steven Manrique (@mdhsathletics) April 20, 2013

With three guards already signed in the 2013 class, it’s natural to wonder why Texas is going after another guard prospect so late in the game. If no news is bad news, then the following two “non-news” items may explain why.

First, one of Texas’ signees, wing Demarcus Croaker out of Orlando (FL) Jones, recently retook his ACTs and has yet to receive his score ($). During his official visit earlier this year, Croaker had already received what was thought to be a qualifying ACT score. It’s a bit concerning that he took the test again. While Croaker has stated that he does not expect any eligibility issues, the possibility that Croaker may be ruled academically ineligible could have contributed to the Walker offer.

(more…)