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4-star CG Damion Baugh includes Texas in top group

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Texas put an offer on the table just weeks ago and has now survived Damon Baugh’s initial list cut.

On Friday, Memphis (Tenn.) Tennessee Preparatory Academy combo guard Damion Baugh cut nearly half of the schools involved in his recruitment from consideration.

With 19 offers to evaluate, Baugh trimmed his list to a top 10 and Shaka Smart’s Texas Longhorns are still an option, along with LSU, Houston, Auburn, TCU, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Miami, Western Kentucky, and Florida.

Georgia, Illinois, SMU, and Houston were among the programs that have extended an offer but weren’t able to survive Baugh’s initial cut. A rising four-star combo guard, Baugh has seen each of his 19 offers roll in since May 1 with his Texas offer being among the most recent invitations on July 19.

“I really love Texas because my favorite player, Kevin Durant, went to school there,” Baugh recently told Garrett Tucker of HoopSeen.com. “Also, I’ve seen the way Coach Smart has developed players and I love the way he coaches.”

Ranked as low as No. 226 nationally just months ago, an impressive summer session with Team Thad has allowed Baugh to climb up the ranks to No. 110 nationally after flashing his offensive versatility and explosive ability around the rim.

To this point, Baugh’s only Crystal Ball projections have been placed in favor of Florida.

Smart and the ‘Horns are yet to add their first commit this cycle.