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Top 100 guard Kendal Yancy-Harris commits to Texas

Rick Barnes

Texas native Kendal Yancy-Harris will play college basketball in his home state, committing Saturday to coach Rick Barnes and the Texas Longhorns, he announced via his Twitter page.

Yancy-Harris is a 6-4 guard who committed to Southern California but rescinded his pledge after the Trojans fired coach Kevin O’Neill. He is regarded as a Top 100 player in the country and now joins two other guards, Isaiah Taylor and Demarcus Croaker, in Texas’ class of 2013.

With this commitment, Texas is getting a combo guard with size who will likely help to replace the void left by Sheldon McClellan when he decided to transfer earlier this month. Guard Myck Kabongo will likely also leave Austin in pursuit of a professional career. Yancy-Harris is the brother of former Oklahoma State guard Terrel Harris, who now plays in the NBA with the Miami Heat.

His size helps him to round out Texas’ guard-heavy recruiting class. He now complements Taylor and Croaker, who fill different roles in the back court.

Texas finished 16-18 this season, including 7-11 in the Big 12.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_