Texas Longhorns: Demarcus Croaker

Texas adds three-star SG Walker

April, 30, 2013
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Senior three-star shooting guard Martez Walker (Detroit/Pershing) committed to Texas on Tuesday, ESPN.com has confirmed.

The 6-foot-5 Walker recently visited the Texas campus and chose the Longhorns over Iowa State, Miami, Providence and Temple, among others.

Walker joins ESPN 100 point guard Kendal Yancy-Harris (Richardson, Texas/Berkner), three-star point guard Isaiah Taylor (Houston/The Village School) and three-star shooting guard Demarcus Croaker (Orlando/Jones) in Texas' incoming 2013 class.

SG Walker enjoys official visit to Texas 

April, 25, 2013
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The departure of two transfers and Myck Kabongo’s decision to go pro have freed up two scholarships for Texas’ 2013-14 basketball team. The search is on for unsigned recruits with the potential to contribute immediately, and Detroit Pershing's Martez Walker could be one of them.

Three-star SG Croaker to Texas 

March, 19, 2013
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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.

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Reggie RankinThree-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."

Croaker also spent time with Javan Felix, Myck Kabongo and Ioannis Papapetrou and the current Longhorn stars gave him the rundown on what to expect at Texas.

"Felix, Kabongo and Papapetrou told me Coach Barnes is going to push me and not let me settle. I like that," Croaker said.

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Welcome to The Heard, HornsNation’s weekly in-depth look inside the never-ending world of Longhorns recruiting with news, notes and interesting tidbits on the latest happenings around the program. We’ll release this every Thursday.

Talk about it in our forum and, if there’s a recruit out there you’d like to hear more from, let us know.

A few of the notes in today's 2014-heavy edition of The Heard:

  • Texas basketball target has a leader
  • 2015 Alabama commit will visit the Longhorns
  • McGraw high on Texas
  • 2015 Fla. RB staying in touch with Texas
  • Williams wants to be fastest in state
  • Philly DB has interest
  • Texas early favorite for 2015 LB
  • 2015 WR enjoyed Texas visit
  • Have the Longhorns contacted Henderson at all?

Read The Heard after the jump.


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2013 SG Croaker back on market, sets visit 

February, 27, 2013
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Class of 2013 shooting guard Demarcus Croaker (Orlando, Fla./Jones) recently decommitted from Murray State and has reopened his recruiting.

"I decommitted because I felt I put all my eggs in one basket, took one visit and committed," said Croaker.

Croaker is back on the market and is now considering Texas and Mississippi with an upcoming weekend trip planned to Austin to spend some quality time with the Longhorns.

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College basketball’s early signing period is less than a month away and the Longhorns are still without a commitment in 2013. What gives?

Should Texas be in panic mode right now, especially in a year when three of the top five players in the country are from the state of Texas and two of them (Andrew and Aaron Harrison) have already committed elsewhere?

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Not so fast says Reggie Rankin, a scout and analyst for ESPN's RecruitingNation. Rankin, who has coached in the SEC, Big 12, MAC and various other places for 14 seasons, answered a few questions for HornsNation about Texas’ 2013 class and a few others about the program in general.

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Three-star shooting guard Demarcus Croaker (Orlando, Fla./Jones) tells HornsNation he will not be able to make his official visit to Texas this week, and odds are it won’t happen until next month at the earliest.

Croaker (6-foot-4, 178-pounds) was going to try to make his visit last week but had to wait until he received his ACT test scores. He didn’t get them in time but has gotten them now.

“They weren’t the test scores I needed, so I’m taking the test at the end of this month on the 27th, and we’re going to go from there,” he said.

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Welcome to The Heard, HornsNation’s weekly in-depth look inside the never-ending world of Longhorns recruiting with news, notes and interesting tidbits on the latest happenings around the program. We’ll release this every Thursday.

Talk about it in our forum and, if there’s a recruit out there you’d like to hear more from, let us know.

A few things discussed in this week’s edition:

  • Timetable unclear for Texas OL target's decision
  • Commit visits FSU; is he done with trips?

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This spring and summer I was very impressed with the consistent production of shooting guard Demarcus Croaker (Orlando, Fla./Jones), who played terrific for Florida Elite and helped the team win the adidas Invitational in Indianapolis, in early July after having some impressive performances during the April evaluation period.

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Reggie RankinThree-star recruit Demarcus Croaker picked Texas over Murray State.
At 6-foot-4 and 178 pounds, Croaker is long and very athletic. He is an above-the-rim finisher on the break who has a very good motor and plays in attack mode.

"I think I showed the coaches I could run the floor and proved that I could shoot the ball," Croaker said of his accomplishments this summer.

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