Basketball Center Prince Ibeh (Garland, Texas/Naaman Forest) committed to Rick Barnes and the Texas Longhorns. Ibeh brings elite size (6-foot-11), length and athletic ability. Ibeh has a potential to become a very good offensive player. The recent Texas commit is fairly new to the game and the national scene but his ability to rebound on both ends, score on put-backs and his special ability to block shots earned him a national ranking and high major attention. Ibeh’s defense is ahead of his offense at this time, but with Rick Barnes and his staff giving Ibeh individual skill instruction the gap will rapidly close and his game will go to the next level.
A senior at Naaman Forest High School, Ibeh is ranked the 54th best recruit in the senior class by two national services, and 79th by another.
Ibeh, and his incredible length, will be an asset on the break for the Longhorns where he can finish above the rim. In the half-court set his presence on the offensive glass will give opponents fits and he will benefit from drop-off passes created by dribble penetration. On defense, he will be the rim-protector with his shot blocking which will allow the Longhorns perimeter players to extend and even be more aggressive in their pressure man defense, both full and half court.
Ibeh, joins 6-10 true center Cameron Ridley — a rebounding, shot-blocker who is more polished offensively — to give the Longhorns two post players who will be in Austin for the long term. Although both have great size, are impact players and have off-the-charts upside, they are still very much in the development stages of their games. Javon Felix, a point guard from New Orleans, also has committed.
Overall the Longhorns will be long and athletic in the front court for years to come and be a force to be reckoned with, not only in the Big 12, but nationally.