The Texas Longhorns men’s basketball team received their first commitment for the 2013 season. Isaiah Taylor, point guard from The Village School in Houston Texas, recently chose the Longhorns after receiving offers from Northwestern, San Jose State, Texas Christian University, and SMU.
The 6-foot-1, 185 pound basketball star is a true point guard. Taylor looks to pass first and score second and has incredible speed which will greatly improve the Longhorns offense. The Rick Barnes-led basketball team already has point guards in team leader Myck Kabongo and Javan Felix. Felix, a freshman, has been averaging big minutes for Texas (about 36 per game) as well as dishing out a high number of assists (6 per game). Ultimately, Taylor will provide depth for the Longhorns for at least two years which will be about the time Felix will consider entering the NBA draft. Taylor needs to hit the weight room in order to last an entire collegiate basketball season with his attacking style of play. If not, his body will not hold up with the big men underneath the basket in the Big 12 Conference.
The Longhorns will need a big year in recruiting in 2013 to reach the top of the Big 12 Conference. Currently, they are fifth in the conference with an overall record of 8-5. The Longhorns have been linked to the top power forward in the 2013 class, 6-foot-9, 225 pound Julius Randle as well as one of the top shooting guards in the nation, Keith Frazier. Both Frazier and Randle hail from Texas, a region in which this college will need to dominate in order to return to the top of the Big 12 Conference.