As head coach Rick Barnes' job hangs in the balance, the Texas Longhorns are still putting in work on the recruiting trail, which will pay off this weekend in a the form of a visit from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Elev8 Sports Institute shooting guard Kobe Eubanks:
I will taking my Official Visit to the University of Texas this weekend vs Kanas State #Big 12 # Longhorns # The Movement— kobe eubanks (@kobeeubanks) March 3, 2015
The 6'5, 212-pounder was originally set to head to Baylor to play his college basketball, but issues with his transcripts from his two years at American Heritage in Plantation resulted in Eubanks failing to qualify. So he's now spending a year at Elev8 in the hopes of earning the necessary grades to enroll at the school of his choice this summer.
Ranked as a consensus four-star prospect, the No. 129 player overall, the No. 19 shooting guard, and the No. 14 player in Florida, Eubanks also holds offers from Baylor, Florida, Georgetown, Georgia, Maryland, Miami, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, Pittsburgh, South Florida, and UCLA, among others.
Eubanks stuck with Baylor for several months after he failed to qualify, but decommitted in November and then took an unofficial visit to Maryland and an official visit to Oregon.
Georgia recently trended for Eubanks in his Crystal Ball, but Texas is now picking up momentum:
So the current consensus is that the Horns are in good shape to add another prospect to the 2015 class.
Eubanks would provide Texas with another wing threat with good size -- he's still thin, but 212 pounds is a solid size for a 6'5 basketball player and it allows him to finish strong around the rim ($). Because of his frame, he's a good rebounder with range out to beyond the three-point line, though he relies more on his height and length to get shots off instead of using his athleticism to elevate.
A slasher from the wing, Eubanks needs to work on tightening up his handles and improving his level of effort on the defensive end.