Texas Signs Two

LonghornDigest Publisher
Posted Nov 14, 2013


Two 2014 basketball players signed their National Letters of Intent to play basketball at Texas Thursday.

Jordan Barnett of St. Louis (Mo.) and Obinna Oleka, a junior college transfer originally from Washington, D.C., make up the two-man class that will likely wrap up the Longhorn additions during the early signing period. Texas is expected to add another player or two in the late signing period.

"The addition of Jordan and Obie is another step in the right direction for our program," said Texas coach Rick Barnes. "Considering the number of players that we have returning next year, we made a conscious effort that anyone we added to our program would need to build on the general culture of our program. We have also improved our talent level and become a much more athletic team by adding Jordan and Obie."

Barnett (6-7 190), a forward from Christian Brothers College High School, is ranked as the No. 28 small forward in the country by Scout.com and is a three-star prospect. As a junior, Barnett scored 17.1 points per game, grabbed 7.7 rebounds per game and blocked 1.7 shots per contest while making 37.6 percent of his three-point attempts. He led the Cadets to the Class 5 quarterfinals as a sophomore, with 14.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots per game. Barnett hit a team-high 48 three-pointers while shooting 48.5 percent from three.

"Jordan is a prototypical, athletic small forward," Barnes said. "He is a good shooter and rebounder and a very high-character student athlete."

Barnett played AAU ball for the St. Louis Eagles, which recently produced NBA Lottery picks Bradley Beal (Florida) and Ben McLemore (Kansas).

Oleka (6-7 225) is a power forward from State College of Florida in Bradenton. He will enroll at Texas this summer as a junior. Oleka has played in one game this season, scoring 33 points and grabbing 10 boards against the defending NJCAA national champions. Last year, as a freshman, he averaged 10.9 points and 6.2 boards per game despite only playing in a little over 11 minutes per contest. He shot 55 percent from the floor and 37.5 percent from three.

In his senior year at Florida Christian Institute, Oleka averaged 24.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.

"Obie has a powerful, strong body and an excellent basketball IQ," Barnes said. "He has an all-around skill set for a power forward, as he is a natural rebounder, a very good passer and can shoot the ball out to three-point range. Obie will add an additional physical presence to our team. HIs ability will be enhanced when he comes here, as he'll be surrounded by other good players."

The Longhorns have 10 scholarship players expected back for the 2014-2015 season at this point, meaning they would have one more scholarship to give after inking Barnett and Oleka.



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