Texas Longhorns: Devonta pollard

Devonta Pollard deciding on Friday 

May, 30, 2012
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Devonta Pollard (De Kalb, Miss./Kemper County), a McDonald’s All-American and the highest rated available player in the Class of 2012, will announce his college choice on Friday.

The soft-spoken small forward will pick from Alabama, Georgetown, Missouri and Texas, according to his mother. Missouri has the biggest recruiting class and biggest scholarship crunch so the school of thought here is that the other three are in better shape.

“He’s come to the conclusion where he wants to go,” Jessie Pollard, Devonta’s mom said on Wednesday.

Sterling Gibbs leaving Texas

April, 10, 2012
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AUSTIN, Texas -- This time it wasn’t the NBA draft that lured away a Texas player.

It was the lure of playing time.

Sterling Gibbs, a backup point guard has elected to transfer from Texas. The rising sophomore played sparingly as a freshman on a team that had just nine scholarship players.

Gibbs appeared in 30 games, but started none. He averaged 7.5 minutes and 2.6 points per game.

Gibbs is the second player to elect to leave Texas this offseason. Guard J'Covan Brown gave up his final year of eligibility to enter the draft. Texas was able to hang onto point guard Myck Kabongo and that undoubtedly played a large role in Gibbs’ decision to transfer.

Texas signed Javan Felix, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound point guard from Saint Augustine High in New Orleans, in the fall. Felix was already expected to be Kabongo’s backup or even run the floor with Kabongo on occasion. Felix is rated 72 in ESPN’s top 100 players.

With the departure of Gibbs, Texas has five players currently on scholarship and another five who signed letters of intent in the fall. The Longhorns also recently picked up a commitment from shooting guard DeMarcus Holland (Garland, Texas/Naaman Forest). Post player Cameron Ridley, a top 10-rated recruit, is also expected to sign his letter of intent when the spring signing period begins Wednesday.

That leaves Texas with 12 scholarship players. The Longhorns continues to hope to add one more to get to the maximum 13 -- small forward Devonta Pollard. The 6-foot-7 Pollard has Texas among his final four, but just recently completed a trip to Alabama and is headed to Georgetown this weekend. Pollard to ESPN’s TideNation he will make his decision when he returns from Georgetown.

Ridley not happy with McDonald's outcome 

March, 29, 2012
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Texas commit Cameron Ridley (Richmond, Texas/Bush) led all post players with 12 points and added nine rebounds and two blocks Wednesday night at the McDonald’s All-American Game at the United Center in Chicago.

Ridley told ESPNHS’s Jason Jordan he wasn’t thrilled with taking a backseat in the guard-heavy game and assuming a role as a “garbage man” cleaning up misses.

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Devonta Pollard set for first visit 

January, 10, 2012
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In the last year, ESPNU 100 forward Devonta Pollard (DeKalb, Miss./Kemper County) had more on his plate than most high school players. His family lost their home in a fire following a lightning strike and Pollard subsequently missed time with an injury before playing football in his senior year. The result of all the distractions was a recruitment in which he didn’t take a single official visit in the fall.

On Jan. 21, Pollard is set to take his maiden voyage on the visit trail. The Texas Longhorns host him, according to Jeff Andrews, one of the directors of the Southern Phenoms, Pollard’s AAU team.

Following the Texas trip, the No. 20 overall player in the 2012 class will make others. Andrews relayed a list that included Kentucky, Marquette, Missouri, Alabama, Mississippi State and Georgetown. Pollard’s a unique forward with the look and body style of Travis Outlaw. An explosive leaper, he shot the ball particularly well from midrange last spring and into the summer.

He has got enough athleticism to be a factor early. His best effort outside of high school ball was an MVP performance at the May Tournament of Champions, won by the Phenoms. His best non-basketball effort came last month when he was named the best wide receiver in his region.

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