First-year head coach Chris Beard and the Texas basketball program are in the mix for one of the top players in the nation from the 2022 recruiting class.
Five-star guard Cason Wallace, a product of Richardson, Texas, announced his final four schools via Twitter on Wednesday. Texas made the cut alongside Tennessee, UTSA and Kentucky.
Wallace is ranked the No. 12 overall player in the nation for the 2022 cycle according to 247Sports. He is viewed as the No. 2 combo guard in the country and the best overall player in the state of Texas.
Here is what 247Sports’ scout Brandon Jenkins had to say about Wallace’s skillset:
One of the best defensive playmakers in the class, Wallace is more than capable of locking opponents up as he controls each game with his length and activity. He has an alpha male mentality, is a deflection magnet, and is one of the best transitional shot blockers in the country from the guard position. Offensively, he is a bit mechanical but still very productive nonetheless. He is a comfortable pull up jump shooter who is capable of putting points on the board from all three levels. He also can play on or off the ball and is similarly versatile in terms of his ability to play off a ball-screen or be an effective spot-up player on the weak-side of the floor. Wallace has the long-term upside to fill a role at the highest level of the sport for multiple years.
Jenkins also compared Wallace to Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday for his ability to defend. Holiday helped the Bucks win an NBA Championship this year and was a key reason Team USA won gold in Tokyo.
If Wallace, who currently has two crystal balls in favor of Kentucky, were to commit to Texas, he would join fellow five-star Arterio Morris and form one of the most lethal backcourts in the nation.
Wallace is scheduled to announce his commitment on Nov. 7.