Summer school: Texas A&M

12 Jul

By Sam Duren
National Hoops Report

With the July recruiting period right around the corner, college coaches are shifting their focus to recruiting. The July period marks the first time coaches can see high school players in person against equal level competition. What’s going on in the Big 12? The National Hoops Report will take a look at the recruiting landscape of all of the teams in the conference. Today, we look at Texas A&M.

Open Scholarships: 4

The Aggies are graduating Derrick Louebeau and Dash Harris to go along with two currently unused scholarships for the 2011-12 team.  Former coach Mark Turegon had made great in roads in locking down top Texas talent before leaving for Maryland and with a deep 2012 class in Texas, new coach Billy Kennedy is likely to follow Turegon’s lead.

Commitments

None

Offers

Christian Sanders, 6’3 SG, St Thomas, Houston, TX
Alex Caruso, 6’4 SG, College Station, TX
Demetris Morant, 6’8 PF, Bishop Gorman, NV
Shaq Cleare, 6’9 C, The Village, TX
Prince Ibeh, 6’10 C, Garland Naaman Forrest, TX

Outlook

A&M’s new coaching staff does not have many offers out right now as it looks like they are waiting to see many of the players first hand in July before making offering.  Many of the prospects claiming offers are Texas based.

Big man Shaq Cleare was likely an Aggie lean before the departure of Mark Turgeon to Maryland.  Now Cleare is reportedly favoring Maryland even though A&M is still in the hunt.  Prince Ibeh is another Texas big man that former coach Turgeon is also recruiting heavily at Maryland.  Unlike Cleare, Ibeh looks to still be open and the Aggies are in the hunt.

Demetris Morant is a highly athletic but raw power forward out of Las Vegas that claims a Texas A&M offer.

For back court options, two Texas guards have been offered following impressive springs.  Alex Caruso   lives in College Station and was one of the biggest stock risers on the spring tournament and camp circuit.  Christian Sanders out of Houston has been seen his offer list increase to include A&M after spending his spring playing with the Houston Defenders.

One other backcourt option is D.J. Griggs a 6 foot, Texas point.  Griggs was offered by the previous Aggie staff when he was an 8th grader.

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