Men's Basketball signs quartet to National Letters of Intent
Nov. 10, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- Four high school hoop standouts have signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball next season at The University of Texas, head coach Rick Barnes announced Wednesday. Jonathan Holmes (San Antonio, Texas), Myck [pronounced Mike] Kabongo (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), Julien Lewis (La Marque, Texas) and Sheldon McClellan (Houston, Texas) will join the Longhorns for the 2011-12 season.
"This class fills the needs of our program," Barnes said. "We've always said that we will target the state of Texas first for the best players, and that is certainly the case when you look at Jonathan Holmes, Julien Lewis and Sheldon McClellan. We also feel like our program has grown to the point where we can go out and recruit nationally and even out of the country when needed, and that obviously was the case with Myck Kabongo."
"As a staff, we thoroughly enjoyed the recruiting process for each of these four young men," Barnes continued. "We have really had fun in building a relationship and trust with each of them and their families, high school coaches and AAU coaches. From our end, it has been a very rewarding experience and we're looking forward to each of them joining our program."
Holmes (6-8, 230), a forward from Antonian College Prep (San Antonio, Texas) who plays under coach Andre Walker, is ranked as the No. 67 prospect in the nation by ESPNU and No. 69 by Scout.com. He averaged 24 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks per game while leading Antonian to the TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) 5A state semifinals during his junior season.
Kabongo (6-2, 170), a point guard from Findlay College Prep (Henderson, Nev.) who plays under coach Michael Peck, is ranked as the No. 9 prospect in the nation by ESPNU and Scout.com. Kabongo spent the previous three seasons at St. Benedict's Prep School (Newark, N.J.). He averaged 18 points and six assists per game while leading St. Benedict's to a 20-1 record and a No. 4 national ranking in the Powerade Fab 50 as a junior. Kabongo also averaged 19.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game in five contests while leading Canada to a bronze medal at the FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship this summer in San Antonio.
Lewis (6-3, 190), a guard from La Marque High School (La Marque, Texas) who plays under coach Cedric Mason, is ranked as the No. 78 prospect in the nation by ESPNU. He averaged 19.8 points and three steals per game while leading La Marque to a 34-3 mark and a trip to the Class 4A regional final as a junior. Lewis earned District 24-4A Player of the Year honors in both his sophomore and junior seasons.
McClellan (6-5, 190), a guard from Bellaire High School (Houston, Texas) who plays under coach Bruce Glover, is ranked as the No. 35 prospect in the nation by Scout.com and No. 36 by ESPNU. He averaged 20 points per game while leading Bellaire to a 35-2 record and a trip to the Class 5A regional final as a junior.
Texas (1-0) returns to action when it hosts Louisiana Tech tonight as part of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. Tip is set for 8 p.m. Central at the Frank Erwin Center, and the game will be televised nationally by ESPNU.