Six recruits, five different positions and two top-75 prospects. That’s what Texas was able to bring in with this 2012 recruiting class and it got a stud in center Cameron Ridley (#9). This group is full of guys with high basketball-IQ’s and adds tremendous depth to Rick Barnes‘ rotation. Ridley, point guard Javan Felix and center Prince Ibeh (#72) should all be able to at least contribute immediately at Texas.
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The future Longhorn has a great combination of size and strength in addition to good length. He rebounds well, blocks shots and is a presence inside. Ridley also has great hands and has been working on his conditioning and displays a good motor. He has the basic low-post scoring moves down, although that is certainly an area where he can work to improve. Passing is also something that isn’t so much a weakness, but something that could be beneficial to him since he will naturally attract double teams. He can also continue to develop his conditioning and get in good shape.
Ibeh is a long, athletics big man who runs the floor very well. He’s a terrific shot-blocker with pretty good timing and good leaping ability. He is good in transition and has the ability to score facing the basket. However, Ibeh needs to develop better interior scoring moves to take his game to the next level. He can also get stronger but between he and class of 2012 center Cameron Ridley (#9), Texas head coach Rick Barnes has a young, formidable interior defense.
Javan Felix | Overall: NR | Position: Point Guard (NR) | 5’11 | 190
Felix is a guy who nearly made our top-75 rankings and is a flat-out winner. He’s the type of point guard you want on the floor and can trust to run your team. He has a good motor, can rebound and is a solid shooter. However, he doesn’t have great size and can add more weapons to his scoring arsenal. Look for him to be a multi-year starter at Texas who makes good decisions.
Connor Lammert | Overall: NR | Position: Power Forward (NR) | 6’10 | 220
The lefty has a smooth stroke and high basketball-IQ. He gets out into the open court well and can pass it. He’s able to work both the high- and low-post and has terrific length. However, he definitely needs to add strength to his skinny frame. He can also improve his interior scoring moves although he’s another good in-state pick-up for Texas.
Ioannis Papapetrou | Overall: NR | Position: Small Forward (NR) | 6’8 | 220
The Greece native also has a high basketball-IQ and is a perimeter player who despite his size, doesn’t have any interior game. I haven’t seen that much of him but what I have seen he doesn’t look overly athletic, which leads me to the question of how he’ll be able to defend against the type of athletes he’ll face day-in and day-out at a big-time school like Texas.
DeMarcus Holland | Overall: NR | Position: Shooting Guard (NR) | 6’3 | 165
Holland will have a limited impact for the Longhorns but can score the ball. He’s a combo guard that can score in a variety of ways from knocking down threes a couple of feet from beyond the arc to knocking down the 15-footer. He’s a good finisher who can adjust for contact although like Papapetrou, he’s not a great athlete. I wonder how good of a defender he will be and he also needs to add some strength.