Posted by MATT JONES
While nearly all of the top high school basketball players in the class of 2011 have already picked their college choice, the class of 2012 is starting to see its members begin to pull the trigger as well.
Late last night, Texas picked up the commitment of Cameron Ridley , an explosive five-star center from Fort Bend, Texas, who eschewed the advances of powers Kansas and North Carolina to stay in his home staet and play for the Longhorns.
The 6-10, 240-pound big man has been slowly rising in the class of 2012 rankings over the past year and has now fully developed into one of the best overall big men in the land, reaching No.5 in the ESPN 2012 Super 60.
Ridley told ESPN's Dave Telep he picked Texas due to its close proximity and the fact that it was one of the first teams to express heightened interest in him early. The early evaluation and hot pursuit of local talent has been a successful method for Rick Barnes in the past and has allowed him to get quick commitments from top talent such as LeMarcus Aldridge and T.J. Ford, before the national programs come calling.
Ridley is an old-school big man, who does his best work in the lane and has a strong array of post moves. Rather than falling for the trap of hanging out on the perimeter, Ridley is aggressive in the paint and is able to play like a true post presence, something that Rick Barnes loves.
He is the first member of the 2012 class, but with the class stocked with a number of top in-state talents, the Ridley commitment could be the first piece of an epic class for Rick Barnes and his staff.