Texas Longhorns head coach Shaka Smart is remaining diligent on the recruiting trail in his search for another big in the 2016 recruiting class, so the Horns will host Hutchinson CC forward Bashir Ahmed on an official visit from December 12-14, according to jucorecruiting.com.
The 6'7, 215-pounder will also receive an in-person evaluation from Smart on Saturday, at which time Ahmed could receive his official offer from the Longhorns. He also holds offers from Cincinnati, Houston, Oklahoma State, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John's, and USC. All eight of his 247Sports Crystall Ball predictions favor a return home to St. John's.
Originally from the Bronx, Ahmed is a capable and improving three-point shooter -- he converted 36.4 percent of his three-point attempts last season, but is now hitting 43.3 percent from deep as a sophomore. If Ahmed ends up in burnt orange and the Longhorns opt to use him as a power forward next year, he reached double digits in rebounds in nine games last year, so he can clean up on the glass.
With Cameron Ridley, Prince Ibeh, and Connor Lammert all set to graduate after this season, the Longhorns need more frontcourt depth. And since sophomore Jordan Barnett is still playing so sparingly, if he transfers, Texas would only have one wing on the roster next year in current freshman Tevin Mack.