AUSTIN, Texas – A trio of high school basketball standouts have signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball next season at The University of Texas, head coach Shaka Smart announced Wednesday. Jase Febres (Houston, Texas), Royce Hamm Jr. (Houston, Texas) and Jericho Sims (Minneapolis, Minn.) will join the Longhorns for the 2017-18 season.
“We’re extremely excited about the addition of these three terrific young men to our program,” Smart said. “It’s a group that combines athleticism, skill, versatility and high character, and will be the foundation of a tremendous class.”
Febres (6-5, 180), a guard from Westfield High School (Houston, Texas) who plays under coach Van Price, is ranked as the No. 47 overall prospect in the nation by Scout.com and No. 63 by Rivals.com. He averaged 17.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game during his junior year while leading the Mustangs to a 20-15 mark and the second round of the Class 6A state tournament. Febres also earned Academic All-District 15-6A honors as a junior.
“Jase is a very good athlete who can really shoot the ball from deep,” Smart said. “His great mind for the game and knack for creating winning plays make his ceiling as a player very high.”
Hamm Jr. (6-7, 200), a forward from Aldine Davis High School (Houston, Texas) who plays under coach Larry Skinner, is ranked as the No. 74 overall prospect in the nation by ESPN and No. 89 by Scout.com. He averaged 22.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game as a junior while leading the Falcons to a 29-3 record (12-0 in District 18-5A) and the third round of the Class 5A state tournament.
“Royce is a versatile forward who combines ball skills, athleticism and strength,” Smart said. “He has the ability to score from outside and around the basket and can really rebound the basketball.”
Sims (6-9, 220), a forward from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (Minneapolis, Minn.) who plays under coach Stanley Clay, is ranked as the No. 48 overall prospect in the nation by Scout.com, No. 54 by Rivals.com and No. 67 by ESPN. He averaged 21.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.4 blocks per game as a junior while leading Cristo Rey to a 20-8 record and the quarterfinals of Section 4A. Sims earned honorable mention all-state accolades and Most Valuable Player honors in the Twin Cities Athletic Conference while ranking fifth individually in rebounding in the state among all classifications.
“Jericho possesses tremendous quickness and touch for a player of his size,” Smart said. “He is a powerful athlete whose emerging skill set and explosiveness make his potential almost limitless.”
2017-18 Texas Basketball Recruiting Class
Name Yr Pos Ht Wt Hometown (High School)
Jase Febres Fr. G 6-5 180 Houston, Texas (Westfield HS)
Royce Hamm Jr. Fr. F 6-7 200 Houston, Texas (Aldine Davis HS)
Jericho Sims Fr. F 6-9 220 Minneapolis, Minn. (Cristo Rey Jesuit HS)