Posted May 23rd, 2006 by Brian
Filed under: Basketball, Recruiting

Damion JamesNacogdoches 5-star forward [tag]Damion James[/tag] has surprised most people and decided to play next season for the Texas Longhorns. James was granted his release for the University of Oklahoma this month after coach Kelvin Sampson left (amid scandal) for Indiana. Most people guessed that James would sign with Texas A&M with the Longhorns already have Kevin Durant signed to play the SF/PF role James most likely would fill. Some people even claimed James to the Aggies was a done deal, but after a weekend visit to Austin Damion announced Monday that he would play for Rick Barnes’ Texas Longhorns.

James is a 6-foot-8 top ranked combo forward who will make an immediate impact for the Longhorns. He already has a developed inside game, runs the court extremely well, and can hit the occasional three pointer. Likely a day one starter next season.

Possible 2006 lineup

Looks like the Longhorns will be very young and very athletic. Tons of inexperience to start the year, but also a ton of upside. Here’s my guess at the Longhorns starting five:

PG: DJ Augustin/AJ Abrams
SG: Justin Mason/AJ Abrams
SF: Kevin Durant/Damion James
PF: Damion James/Matt Hill
C: Connor Atchley/Dexter Pittman

Barnes has a lot of options for his lineup, he could even send out a three guard, two forward group that could run all night. Center is the definite weak spot, can the Longhorns get solid minutes on the defensive end from Connor Atchley? Is Dexter Pittman physically ready to play as a freshman? One thing is for certain, players will bring youth and excitement to the Erwin Center in November.


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  1. reply to  #1

    Measia Johnson

    Damion i luv u sooooooo much i hope you will make dis money 4 ya fam. all u need to do is focus and get yo head in da game. you r 1 of my rolemodels and i really look up 2 you(literally). peace out wit much luv Measia. oh yeah tell da boys i said what it do.(expecialy DJ)

  2. reply to  #2


    hey! damion im sorry for that last comment i lefted you i dont know why i put that i was young and dont have to make no kind of money for us. we just glad your here with us today…. im not lieing about what i said….about you being a role model and all. you really is and i love you just no without you i would be nothing thats how much you mean to me i love you damion james and forever be your sister

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