Longhorns basketball coach Rick Barnes added two recruits Wednesday, and was expecting confirmation from a third.
In the fold, and already signed: Demarcus Croaker, a 6-4, 175-pound guard from Orlando (Fla.) Jones; and Isaiah Taylor, a 6-2, 175-pound guard from The Village School in Houston.
Texas did not have a signed letter-of-intent yet from Kendal Yancy, a 6-3 guard from Richardson Berkner. But Yancy, reached by telephone on Wednesday, told the American-Statesman that he had signed one.
Wednesday was the first day of the spring signing period, which ends May 15.
Texas’ 2013 basketball class was ranked 50th in the country by 247Sports. It’s the first year since 2008 that Texas did not sign a McDonald’s All-American.
Yancy, a combo guard, averaged 12.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 7.8 assists as a senior. He is the most highly regarded of the three, according to recruiting services; 247Sports listed Yancy as the 82nd best player nationally and 114th by 247Sports’ composite rankings of leading recruiting services.
“With his physical strength, playmaking ability and versatility, it’s going to be tough to keep (Yancy) off the court,” said Jerry Meyer, national recruiting analyst for 247Sports.
Croaker averaged 23.9 points at Orlando Jones High. He is rated 89th by 247Sports and 134th in the composite rankings.
“He shoots well, can slash and is best in transition,” Meyer said. “Croaker isn’t a physical, power player, so the more wide open the game, the better. Regardless, I’d expect him to eventually log a lot of minutes at the wing position.”
Taylor, unranked by 247Sports, has a reputation for quickness and the ability to direct an offense at point guard, but he is not known for his shooting. He averaged 17.6 points and 10 assists last season.