AUSTIN, Texas - Three high school hoop standouts have signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball next season at The University of Texas, head coach Rick Barnes announced Wednesday. Avery Bradley (Tacoma, Wash.), Jordan Hamilton (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Shawn Williams (Duncanville, Texas) will join the Longhorns for the 2009-10 season.
"This class fills the needs of our program," Barnes said. "All three are outstanding individual talents on the court, but they are great character guys as well. The thing that excites our staff about each of them is their work ethic. Avery, Jordan and Shawn are all guys who want to get better every day, both as people and basketball players."
Bradley (6-3, 175), a guard from Findlay College Prep (Henderson, Nev.) who plays under coach Michael Peck, is ranked as the No. 8 high school prospect in the nation by Rivals.com and the No. 10 prospect by Scout.com. Bradley played his first three years of high school at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma. He averaged 25.7 points per game during his junior season.
Hamilton (6-7, 215), a swingman from Dominguez High School, is ranked as the No. 5 high school prospect in the country by Rivals.com and the No. 13 prospect by Scout.com. Hamilton averaged 27.6 points and 11.1 rebounds per game during his junior season.
Williams (6-7, 215), a swingman from Duncanville High School who plays under coach Phil McNeely, is ranked as the top player in the state of Texas by TexasHoops.com. He also is ranked as the No. 44 high school prospect in the nation by Scout.com and the No. 64 prospect by Rivals.com. He averaged 17 points and 9.5 rebounds per game during his junior season.
No. 7/8 Texas opens the 2008-09 season with a home tilt against Stetson on Friday, Nov. 14. Tip is set for 7 p.m. Central at the Frank Erwin Center.