Shaka Smart and Texas hoops have added another four-star prospect to the 2018 recruiting class, as small forward Gerald Liddell announced his pledge to the Longhorns on Thursday evening.
Liddell is a 6-foot-6 and 180 pound small forward out of Cibolo, Texas. The Steele product is ranked as the 40th best overall player in the nation and the ninth best small forward across the country, per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Needless to say, this is a huge addition to Smart’s efforts in building a winner in Austin.
The second best player in the Lone Star State chose the Longhorns over a host of offers that includes Kansas, Iowa State, Oregon, and SMU. DraftExpress notes Liddell’s strengths:
-Impressive measurements for a wing at 6' 6.5 with a 6' 11.5 wingspan. Frame has plenty of room to add weight.
-Very fluid. Gets up and down with long strides. Good first step in the half court.
-Shows some potential as a ball handler. Was able to play at different speeds from time to time. Skilled handle for his age and size.
-Fundamentally sound shooting mechanics. Didn't show off much range or consistency in game settings but there's certainly something to work with.
While the Steele product still has to polish his game, his potential is out of the roof. He possesses great size that will fit into Smart’s system favorably. He uses his length to cause headaches for the opposition and shows flashes of developing into a quality ball handler at the next level.
Gerald Liddell joins Westlake wing Brock Cunningham in Smart’s 2018 recruiting class.
Watch Liddell’s highlights from 2016 Under Armour Association and U17 Team USA training camp last summer: