Jacob Young, a 2016 point guard from Houston, TX (Yates), pledged to play his college basketball for Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns. Young announced his commitment Tuesday evening on Twitter.


More accurately described as a combo guard because of his scoring ability, Young's diminutive size (6', 165 pounds) will remind fans of the Horns' recent smaller guards. Young took two unofficial visits to Texas in June, and was offered a scholarship by Smart in between those trips.

Rated as a 4-star prospect and one of the Top 10 players in the state of Texas, Young is Smart's first recruit in the 2016 class. The commitment of Yates' scoring machine is timely with Smart and the Longhorns slated to lose several guards after next season.

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On film, Young shows good ability to dribble drive and use a pull-up jumper with a quick release. The left-handed scorer will need to work on shot mechanics in Austin. Playing for 3A Yates HS, Young will also need time to adjust to the speed of the college game.

Young's older brother, Joe Young, was a second round pick in the 2015 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers. The elder Young played college-ball at Oregon, but Jacob spurned interest from the Ducks. Smart had to beat scholarship offers from Scott Drew at Baylor and Josh Pastner at Memphis for Young's commitment.