Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Three-star SG Croaker to Texas
By Reggie Rankin
Rick Barnes received a commitment today from Demarcus Croaker (Orlando/Jones), just weeks after the three-star SG visited Austin for the Longhorns contest against Baylor. Croaker recently decommitted from Murray State, and Texas moved quickly to make a positive impression on the talented guard to earn his pledge. In addition to Texas and Murray State, Mississippi and Baylor each had Croaker, who was one of the top remaining shooting guards on the board, at the top of their respective lists.
Three-star recruit Demarcus Croaker picked Texas over Murray State.
"I selected Texas because it is a great academic school, great basketball program and I think I can be real successful in their style of play,” Croaker said. "On the visit, the coaches were the difference. I like how they were talking about how I will improve and how they are going to play me."
"Felix, Kabongo and Papapetrou told me Coach Barnes is going to push me and not let me settle. I like that," Croaker said.
This commitment is good for the Longhorns because Croaker is a fringe top 100 talent. He stands at 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds and oozes with athleticism. He can finish above the rim on the break and can score in the halfcourt with range out to the arc. Croaker will provide Barnes with a wing capable of getting buckets in a variety of ways as he plays with great confidence on the offensive end of the floor.
Croaker can space the floor on the side of dribble penetration, come off screens to attack in the midrange area or slash to the basket in the halfcourt. On defense, he has the athletic ability to defend both guard spots in the Longhorns’ pressure man-to-man defense. Croaker will provide quality depth and scoring ability to a Texas squad that was one of the nation’s youngest squads in 2012-13. He joins aggressive playmaking PG Isaiah Taylor (Houston/The Village School) as underrated talents in Barnes’ 2013 class.
"I think we can make a big run,” Croaker said. “With all the guys they have coming back, we will be able to play together a couple years and have great team chemistry.”