Duke basketball: Sizing up the final five for five-star Charles Bediako

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Ranking final five for Duke basketball target Charles Bediako: Longhorns

team. 467. . . . Longhorns . 5

What Charles Bediako said to Tipton Edits about Texas: “I like the play style and the use of bigs. Texas has had success with similar players.”

Texas’ 2021 commits so far (composite ranking):

  • Four-star combo guard Emarion Ellis (No. 90)
  • Four-star shooting guard Tamar Bates (No. 109)
  • Four-star power forward David Joplin (No. 118)
  • Three-star power forward Keeyan Itejere (No. 260)

Texas’ probable departures in or near the post:

  • Freshman forward Greg Brown
  • Senior forward Jericho Sims
  • Senior forward Royce Hamm Jr.

Texas’ pros and cons for Charles Bediako: Sure, the Longhorns figure to lose two significant post pieces in senior Jericho Sims and freshman phenom Greg Brown. However, Shaka Smart, whose job security isn’t ideal with 78 losses across only five seasons coaching Texas, already snagged a four-star big in David Joplin and seems more focused on adding five-star power forward Daimion Collins. Furthermore, several promising underclassmen would compete with Bediako for minutes.

What’s the chance Charles Bediako picks Texas? Five percent