AUSTIN, Texas -- You can see a little D.J. Augustin in any picture you look at of Class of 2012 point guard Javan Felix. The way they cut their hair, their droopy eyes and similar body types.
But the similarities between the two stretch much deeper than their physical features.
They both grew up in New Orleans, where Felix goes to, of all schools, St. Augustine High School. And, as of Wednesday morning, they are both Texas Longhorns.
Felix made that official on the first day of the early signing period in a ceremony inside his school's library when he signed his letter of intent to join Rick Barnes' program.
"I feel very good. I feel like I made a good choice," said Felix, a four-star recruit rated as the No. 70 player in 2012. "I feel like it is going to work out great for me. All the coaches there are a good staff. It's real family oriented. It just feels like a good spot for me."
The No. 9 point guard in the nation, Felix (5-foot-11, 190 pounds) picked Texas over Oregon and Virginia. He gave his verbal to the Longhorns on Aug. 8 during an unofficial visit.
"They just took me in as another brother to them," Felix said of his future teammates. "The coaches took me in as like a son to them. It just felt right to me. I really liked that."
He first fell in love with Texas when he attended a Longhorns basketball camp in Austin the summer before his freshman year at St. Augustine. Also at that camp was Augustin, now with the Charlotte Bobcats, whom Felix said was preparing for the NBA Draft at the time but came back to practice with his former teammates.
"He heard there was a kid from New Orleans down there, and that's when I was introduced to him," Felix said.
Their Bayou roots and admiration for one another have led to a strong friendship. The two talk every other week, and when Augustin comes to New Orleans, they often work out together.
"D.J. has been a great mentor to me on and off the basketball court," Felix said. "He's told me about everything. He's gone through a lot of the same things I'm going through, being that he is from New Orleans. He's giving me good advice."
Much of that advice centered around Barnes and the fact that he wouldn't lead Felix in the wrong direction.
"A lot of people are saying that D.J. is the one that pushed me toward Texas," Felix said. "That's not true at all. He just wanted me to go to a place that I would feel comfortable and that I could produce. When I told him I picked Texas he just told me good luck, said that the sky is the limit for me, and that Coach Barnes isn't going to lead me wrong."
It's easy to see why the Longhorns courted Felix. He is the reigning Class 5A Player of the Year in Louisiana and a two-time All-State selection who led the Purple Knights to the Class 5A state championship as a junior. He averaged 14.5 points, 8.6 assists, four steals and three rebounds per game last season.
He had very strong showings at two major summer camps, the Adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas and the NBA Top 100 Camp in Indianapolis.
"I'm a point guard that likes to control the game and get my teammates the ball," Felix said. "I want to get it to them in the right spots. Coach Barnes also labeled me as a pretty good pick-and-roll guy, a shooter. That's really what Longhorns fans will get next year."
Felix said he needed to improve his lateral quickness before he gets to Austin.
"My jumper could always be better, too," he said.
Those are two aspects of his game he hones during the hours per week he puts in the film room. He watches a ton of film on Deron Williams, a pick-and-roll specialist to whom he often is compared.
"He's one of my favorite point guards in the game," Felix said.
Felix started watching film of the Longhorns right after he committed, and he already has studied every high school game he played last season to prepare for the one ahead.
"I watch film a lot," he said. "I think it is very important."
Felix is the only point guard thus far in Texas' five-member class that is ranked No. 6 in the ESPNU rankings. The other members are five-star center Cameron Ridley (Fort Bend, Texas/Bush), four-star center Prince Ibeh (Garland, Texas/Naaman Forest), four-star power forward Connor Lammert (San Antonio, Texas/Churchill), and two-star small forward Ioannis Papapetrou (Melbourne, Fla./Florida Air Academy).
"I am tremendously excited about all of the guys. They all understand the game," Felix said. "I have a real good relationship with Cameron and Connor. We always talk about trying to get Coach Barnes a national championship. That's our main goal. That's the focus right now."
William Wilkerson covers University of Texas sports and recruiting for HornsNation
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