Texas Lands Five-Star Prospect Tre Johnson
Longhorns Secure Verbal Commitment from Top Recruit
Wednesday was a momentous day for the University of Texas as they celebrated a major victory both on and off the court. Five-star prospect Tre Johnson made a live television announcement, declaring his verbal commitment to the Longhorns. This exciting news was followed by a resounding 80-64 win over Rice, improving Texas’ season record to 3-0.
Rice, known for their proficiency from beyond the arc with a 40.0% shooting percentage, struggled against Texas’ formidable defense. The Owls managed to convert only four of their 22 three-point attempts, resulting in an 18-point deficit in favor of the Longhorns.
“We knew we were going to have to play exceptional shooter-defense,” stated Texas coach Rodney Terry. “Our players executed brilliantly for the entire 40 minutes.”
While the victory over Rice was significant, the highlight of the day was undoubtedly Johnson’s commitment to the Longhorns. Standing at an impressive 6-foot-6, the guard is ranked fifth in the Class of 2024, according to 247Sports.
Johnson’s decision to choose Texas over in-state rival Baylor marked the end of a fierce recruiting battle between the two powerhouse programs. Baylor, Johnson’s father’s alma mater, competed against Texas, led by a coach who had previously served as an assistant at Baylor during Johnson’s father’s playing days in the 1990s.
Prior to making his final decision, Johnson sought advice from former Texas star Kevin Durant, who spoke highly of the university. “I talked to him, bounced some ideas off his head,” Johnson revealed. “He said it was a good place to come and hoop and just play. Great atmosphere. I’m just looking forward to getting down there on campus.”
With Johnson’s commitment, Texas now ranks fourth in 247Sports’ Class of 2024 recruiting rankings and seventeenth in the updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. The Longhorns’ next game is scheduled for Sunday against Louisville at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden.
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