College Basketball Recruiting: Texas Lands Its Twin Tower Frontcourt for 2012

Eric HampfordContributor IIIOctober 14, 2011

6'11 Center Prince Ibeh
6'11 Center Prince Ibeh

As if landing one top 10 center in the class of 2012 wasn't enough, Texas head coach Rick Barnes has landed another. After receiving a commitment from 6'10 Cameron Ridley in January, the Longhorns coaching staff dipped into the rich Lone Star State talent pool again in order to land the second piece of their future twin tower frontcourt.

Prince Ebeh, a 6-foot-11 230-pound center from Naaman Forest High School in Garland, Texas became the fourth commitment in the Longhorns 2012 class, and the third top 100 national recruit. He is regarded as a national top 50 recruit, and one of the 10 best centers in his class.

Texas, the Big 12 Conference power, will be getting a raw prospect, but with the proper instruction, he could turn into a highly valuable player down the road. He is extremely athletic, with the ability to run the floor with ease for a big man.

Furthermore, he plays above the rim, looking to dunk anything he can get his hands on in the paint. He also rebounds the ball well, but what sets him apart from mostly any other player in America is his shot-blocking ability.

He has the potential to be a Big 12 All-Defensive Team selection during his career in Austin, as does his future teammate Ridley. Reeling in yet another big name recruit to the 2012 Texas recruiting class is a huge coup for Rick Barnes. Let's hope the commitments stick over the next year.