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Tevin Mack Follows Shaka Smart to Texas

Four-star prospect Tevin Mack, who de-committed from VCU once Shaka Smart left the program in April, announced Tuesday that he will follow Smart to Texas, while committing to the Longhorns.

Mack is a 6’6 small forward who is ranked as the 58th best prospect by ESPN, 69th by Scout.com and 76th by Rivals.com. So, this was a big coup for Smart and Texas.

More from Chris Hummer of Horns247:

Mack, a 6-foot-6, 185-pound small forward, fills a big need for Texas. The Longhorns only have one small forward currently on their roster – Jordan Barnett – and athletic wings are a big part of Smart’s up-tempo system. Mack considers himself more of a guard than forward, but either way, he’s the type of athlete between the 2 and the 5 Texas was missing.

His decision to pick Texas follows an unofficial visit he took to Austin the weekend of May 9. Mack ended up staying for more than three days due to weather, and the trip appeared to reenforce what he knew about Smart and his staff.
“He’s a real humble person and a great person to be around,” Mack recently told Horns247. “He’s always telling me the truth; he’s always honest with me about stuff. He wants me to come to where he’s at, and he feels like I can make it to the NBA if I keep improving in this process.”

Texas is coming off another underachieving season in which they went 20-14, but just 8-10 in Big 12 play while losing to Butler in the NCAA Tournament, which then prompted the firing of longtime coach Rick Barnes.

Mack chose Texas over Georgia and Clemson.

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