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Shaka Smart, Texas extend flurry of offers to 2022 targets

Shaka Smart and his staff have jumped into the mix with several in-state 2022 targets.

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Entering the weekend, Saint Paul (Minn.) Cretin Derham Hall point guard Trejuan Holloman was the only 2022 talent with a Texas Longhorns offer in hand, but that’s far from the case going forward.

On Saturday, Shaka Smart and the Horns dished out a flurry of offers to in-state prospects.

The more coveted of the crop is Dallas St. Mark’s teammates Noah Shelby and Colin Smith.

Shelby, a 6’2 combo guard, adds the Longhorns to an offer list that also includes Baylor, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas A&M, and Georgetown.

Smith, a 6’6 small forward prospect, owns an identical offer list to his teammate.

Lewisville shooting guard Keyonte George also owned multiple offers entering the weekend, and the 6’3 prospect now reportedly adds Texas to that mix. George also owns offers from Baylor, TCU, and Texas A&M.

According to that same report from Southwest Analyst Ani Umana, Plano Bethany Christian School center Lee Dort and Waxahachie Faith Family Academy each added offers from Texas, as well. Prior to Saturday, the 6’10, 235-pound Dort’s only offer came from Texas A&M, and the same can be said of the 6’6 Walsh.

247Sports’ Evan Daniels dubbed Dort as a breakout performer from the Nike EYBL Dallas:

“One of the more impressive young prospects of the weekend was this 6-foot-10, 240-pound center prospect. Playing in a competitive 15’s game, Dort used his strong, burly frame to impact the game. He played a physical brand of ball, played with tremendous energy, rebounding his area and contested every shot in his space. Considering his size, Dort was pretty quick off his feet and is an intimidating enforcer in the paint. He’s still developing on offense, but he’s powerful and looked to dunk everything in the paint.”

Lastly, the lone 2022 talent hailing from outside of the Dallas area to garner a Texas offer on Saturday was San Antonio Randolph point guard Austin Nunez.

A San Antonio Hard Work product, which has produced numerous Texas targets — current Longhorns Gerald Liddell and Will Baker spent various stints with the AAU travel team — Nunez’s Texas offer is his first reported scholarship, per Rivals.

This story will be updated.