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Texas among finalists for Tevin Mack's Tuesday decision

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Shaka Smart could have his first signature moment with the Longhorns in a matter of hours.

Tevin Mack (left) with Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris
Tevin Mack (left) with Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris
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There's now a time attached to the Tuesday decision date for Columbia (S.C.) Dreher small forward Tevin Mack -- 12:30 p.m. CT.

The consensus four-star prospect will pick between the Texas Longhorns, Georgia Bulldogs, and Clemson Tigers in a ceremony at his high school and the Longhorns were the most recent school to host Mack on a successful visit to Austin that lasted from May 8-11:

The excitement in Mack's voice was apparent as he told us of the "unbelievable place" he found the UT campus to be. Among the highlights of his trip was spending time with head football coach (and former Columbia resident) Charlie Strong, hanging with basketball coach Shaka Smart as he threw out the first pitch at a Lady Longhorns softball game, and being able to experience campus life while school was in session.

Since Mack already had a comfort level with new Texas head coach Shaka Smart and assistants Mike Morrell and David Cason, the visit was about building a comfort level with the city of Austin, which Mack had never visited, and seeing the campus and facilities.

Based on the comment from Mack and the undeniable appeal of Austin and the University of Texas campus, it doesn't seem like to stretch to assume that the 6'6, 185-pounder saw enough to envision playing college basketball for the Longhorns.

Clemson doesn't seem like a particularly serious contender, so the primary competition is Georgia, a school Mack has visited at least 10 times. However, the Longhorns are the significant leader in Mack's 247Sports Crystal Ball: