Monday, August 8, 2011
Javan Felix commits to Texas
By Dave Telep
Javan Felix (New Orleans/St. Augustine), a three-star point guard, picked Texas over Oregon and Virginia on Monday night.
However, it wasn't only Longhorns coach Rick Barnes who was pumping up the Texas program to Felix as Barnes got yet another assist from former All-American D.J. Augustin, whom Barnes also dipped into New Orleans to land.
"Me and D.J. have had a close relationship since I've been in high school," Felix said. "He told me that Coach Barnes would never play games with me; he'll always tell me how it is and he'd never lie to me. Through this process he never lied to me one time. With recruiting and how it is, that's a big thing for me. D.J. told me that coach would be like another father and that's what I was looking for."
Felix erupted in July once he got off the camp scene and returned to action with New Orleans Elite, his travel team.
He spent the past few days in Austin, a place he's been to a handful of times.
"When I went to Texas elite camp going into my ninth-grade year I liked Texas then. It was a dream school for me then," Felix said. "That's kind of where I always
wanted to go. Coach Barnes chose me instead of me choosing him. He told us he liked how I played in July and that every time he saw me I was consistent."
This fall, the Longhorns welcome onto campus five-star point guard Myck Kabongo, from the Class of 2011, but Felix didn't think twice about being Kabongo's heir and maybe even playing a year with Kabongo.
"Everyone's expectations around Texas
it's like the consensus that Myck Kabongo is going to leave after a year," Felix said. "If it doesn't work out, Coach Barnes told me he'll put the best people on the floor."
Dave Telep is the senior basketball recruiting analyst for ESPN.com. His college basketball scouting service is used by more than 225 colleges and numerous NBA teams. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.