Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns have made the cut for a pair of 5-star recruits in the 2021 cycle. Charles Bediako (St. Catharines, Ont.) and Daimion Collins (Atlanta) unveiled their top-10 lists last week with both naming Texas.
Bediako is currently ranked as the 20th-best prospect in the nation while Collins is right behind him at No. 22, according to 247 Sports.
Listed at 6’11 and 215 pounds, Bediako has played his high school basketball at Andrews Osborne Academy in Willoughby, Ohio, but will be transferring to IMG Academy for his senior season.
Along with the Longhorns, Bediako named Alabama, Baylor, Duke, Maryland, Memphis, Michigan, Ohio State, Southern California, and Tennessee in his top 10. The single 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction for Bediako is for the Crimson Tide.
Thank you to all the coaches that have recruited me, but these will be the top ten I’ll be focusing on. Top ‼️ pic.twitter.com/1lCmaaZhWz— Charles A. Bediako (@CBediako) July 3, 2020
Hailing from Atlanta, Collins is the more local prospect with a higher chance of enrolling on the Forty Acres. Per 247 Sports, Collins has three Crystal Ball predictions in favor of the Longhorns, albeit with a confidence rating of six.
Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Houston, Kansas, LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech along with Texas are named in his top 10.
Like Bediako, Collins is also listed as a center, but just a bit smaller at 6’8 and 190 pounds.
While Both Bediako and Collins are raw on both sides on the ball, they show tremendous upside, much like former Texas standouts Jarrett Allen and Jaxson Hayes. Each shows explosive athleticism and have long frames but neither one has much game outside the restricted area. Developed the right way, the pair can turn into dangerous weapons offensively and defensively.
Shaka already has one frontcourt commitment for 2021 in 6’9 forward Keeyan Itejere ,so another addition would provide steady depth for Texas. Bediako and Collins could turn into a one-and-done recruits but Itejere — who is not ranked by 247 — hypothetically will be around for a few years.