Texas student tells 5-star recruit to not pick the Longhorns
A writer for the University of Texas student newspaper is being brutally honest about the state of the Longhorns' basketball program.
Myles Turner is a five-star center from Euless, Texas with offers from all the top college basketball programs including, Duke, Kansas, and Kentucky.
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By Louis Ojeda Jr.
Most students would do anything to get a blue chip prospect to commit to their school.
But one writer for the University of Texas student newspaper is being brutally honest about the state of the Longhorns' basketball program.
Five-star recruit Myles Turner, of Euless, Texas, is still undecided where he will attend college. Texas is on his shortlist, along with traditional powers Kansas, Duke, and Kentucky.
Evan Berkowitz of "The Daily Texan"has a message for Turner: There are better places to play than Texas.
In his column,Berkowitz breaks down why Texas isn't a good basketball school, which includes a lack of rowdy home atmosphere, lack of national attention, and that Longhorns coach Rick Barnes is nothing compared to Duke's Mike Krzyzewski or Kansas' Bill Self.
"Longhorn fans aren't the most passionate about basketball. Fans don't show up for nonconference game, and only games against Oklahoma and Kansas seem to get fans on their feet."
"Even though the team was ranked in the top 20 this past season, the only thing Longhorn fans could pay attention to was the beginning of new football head coach Charlie Strong's program."
"Turner will likely turn pro after one year, and, while talented, his game is in need of considerable molding. Barnes is not the best man to do that. Krzyzewski, Self and [Larry] Brown all have considerable experience preparing players for the NBA."
It's no secret that Texas is a football school, and the 16,500-seat Frank Erwin Center rarely has a sellout for Longhorns' basketball games.
But remember that NBA stars Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge were once Longhorns coached by Barnes.
After reading Berkowitz's thoughts, Texas fans are outraged that one of their own would print that in their own newspaper.
@Evan_Berkowitz You should leave our school since you apparently hate it so much and want the worst for our basketball team. #disgrace