Longhorns grab top-choice point guard

Sameer Bhuchar

Texas has been known for its reliable point guards in the last decade, and now the Longhorns are hoping their newest commitment can continue that trend.

St. Augustine High School senior and point guard, Javan Felix, committed to the Longhorns on Tuesday, fulfilling his lifelong dream of playing ball on the Forty Acres.

“Texas is my dream school,” Felix told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “It has always been my dream school. For me to get a chance to go there, I just felt like I had to do it.”

Felix is the reigning Class 5A Player of the Year in Louisiana and a two-time All-State selection. He led his high school to a 31-6 record and a Class 5A state championship this season.

The shooting guard-turned-point is ranked 71 on the ESPN Top 100 recruits, and he is listed as the ninth best at his position. Scouts say he is a natural point guard with an impeccable ability to direct floor traffic but lacks the bursting speed fans are accustomed to seeing in top collegiate point guards.

The New Orleans native is not only a top basketball player. Felix is a full academic qualifier as well.

“They’re getting a smart kid and one that’s a true point guard,” St. Augustine head coach Clifford Barthé said. “He’s a leader. He understands how to play the game. Rick Barnes will probably do the same thing I did with him and that’s give him the keys to the car and let him drive it because he knows how to run a team.”

Felix joins 6-foot-10 Cameron Ridley of Richmond, Texas, as the Longhorns’ second committed recruit, and he was Texas’ first choice at point guard.

Printed on Thursday, August 11, 2011 as: Longhorns add state champion, top-100 recruit to Class of 2011