Chaps forward commits to UT
Central Texas player of year is state’s ninth-best prospect, 247Sports says.
Texas coach Shaka Smart, who assembled a stunning 2017 recruiting class, took his first step toward 2018 simply by going across town.
Westlake High School’s Brock Cunningham, a 6-foot-6, four-star forward, said Friday he was committing to Texas over Penn and Oklahoma. The reigning Central Texas player of the year is considered the ninth-best prospect in the state, according to 247Sports.
“I’ve known for a couple of days,” said Cunningham, who made his announcement while in Houston for the Adidas Nation tournament. “Just wanted to see how it felt, let it sit and made it public.”
The Longhorns have a solid history of landing Westlake big men. The school produced top prep stars such as Chris Mihm, Luke Axtell and Brad Buckman, three players who won a ton of games for former coach Rick Barnes and reached the NCAA Tournament.
Cunningham said he had no worries about play-