COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M men’s basketball program continues to draw some of the top talent from the Lone Star State to Aggieland as head coach Billy Kennedy announced the signing of three outstanding student-athletes to National Letters of Intent.
“Our priority has been to recruit Texas and this group is based around three high-level prospects from the state that we’ll continue to build our program around,” Kennedy said. “This is a really solid class that is going to rank very highly nationally and help us with our goal of competing for championships.”
The class, which is highly regarded by all the major college basketball recruiting services, checks in at No. 13 in the country by Scout, No. 14 by 247 Sports and No. 22 by Rivals to represent Texas A&M’s third consecutive top 25 signing class. (Class rankings reflect most recent rankings as of 11/9)
The Aggies are coming off an attention-grabbing 2015-16 campaign that saw them win a school-record 28 contests en route to sharing the SEC Championship and making a run to the Sweet 16. Texas A&M officially opens the 2016-17 season Friday as it welcomes Northwestern State to Reed Arena for an 8 p.m. contest that will be nationally televised by SEC Network.
2017 TEXAS A&M MEN’S BASKETBALL RECRUITING CLASS (AS OF 11/10/16)
NAME POS. HT. WT. HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE)
Savion Flagg G/F 6-7 200 Alvin, Texas (Alvin HS)
Isiah Jasey C 6-9 220 Killeen, Texas (Sunrise Christian Academy [Wichita, Kan.])
T.J. Starks G 6-2 185 Lancaster, Texas (Lancaster HS)
6-7 • 200
Alvin, Texas (Alvin HS)
4-Star Prospect (247 Sports, ESPN, Rivals, Scout)
ESPN - No. 4 Prospect in TX (73rd overall)
A member of ESPN’s elite Top 100 list, Flagg is regarded as a consensus four-start prospect who is rated as the fourth best prospect in the state of Texas by ESPN as well as the 73rd overall prospect nationally. Additionally, he is regarded as the 55th recruit nationally by Scout and No. 57 by Rivals.
Flagg is entering his senior season at Alvin High School where he plays for head coach John Oliverio. As a junior last season he averaged just under a double-double, averaging 17.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per outing to earn first-team All-District 22-6A accolades. A prolific scorer throughout his high school career, Flagg averaged 17.9 points per game as a sophomore and 14.1 points as a freshman in 2013-14.
In AAU competition, Flagg played with the Houston Defenders before choosing Texas A&M over Baylor, Florida, LSU, Oregon, Texas and Virginia Tech among others.
Kennedy on Flagg…
“Savion is a versatile athlete who can play any position on the perimeter. He’s a great passer and has an ability to score as well as make the guys he’s playing with better. His size and athleticism will give him the chance to impact our program right away.”
6-2 • 185
Lancaster, Texas (Lancaster HS)
4-Star Prospect (247 Sports, Rivals, Scout)
247 Sports - No. 8 Prospect in TX (97th overall)
Described as an attacking, offensive-minded point guard, Starks is regarded as a four-star prospect by 247 Sports, Rivals and Scout with Scout regarding him as the top point guard prospect in the state of Texas.
Last season, Starks helped guide Lancaster High School to its second consecutive UIL 5A State Championship, scoring 20 points during the title-clinching victory over Fort Bend Elkins. For his entire junior season, Starks averaged 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists per game for the Tigers.
In AAU competition, Starks starred for the Urban DFW Elite squad were he averaged 14.7 points per contest.
After drawing attention from many schools on the recruiting trail, Starks signed with Texas A&M over Oklahoma among other schools.
Kennedy on Starks…
“T.J. is another in a long line of tough Dallas guards to join our program. He’s a very physical player who can play at the point or off the ball and call really score by getting into the paint or from the 3-point line. He also has a chance to be a great defensive player because of his toughness and athleticism.”
6-9 • 220
Killeen, Texas (Sunrise Christian [Wichita, Kan.])
4-Star Prospect (ESPN)
3-Star Prospect (247 Sports, Rivals, Scout)
ESPN - No. 8 Prospect in TX
Jasey is regarded as a four-star recruit by ESPN, which slots him as the eighth-best prospect in the Lone Star State. The 6-foot-9 center is considered an immediate impact player on the defensive end with his ability to rebound and block shots.
He played two years at Killeen Ellison High School before taking a spot at the Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kan., where he averaged 10 points and eight rebounds last season.
In AAU competition, Jasey played in the EYBL Nike League with Houston Hoops where he averaged 6.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while shooting 55 percent from the floor. He chose Texas A&M over Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas among others.
Kennedy on Jasey…
“Isiah is a guy we’ve been recruiting for a long time. He’s coming from one of the top programs in the country in Sunrise Christian, which plays a national schedule. He’s got a great ability to rebound above the rim and his toughness around the basket will make an instant impact on the court for us.”
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