Gophers get Webster, Wilson; 'Horns hook Augustin
Minnesota Gophers: Minnesota signed St. Thomas Academy senior Bryce Webster and Nebraska junior college star Limar Wilson to national letters of intent on Thursday.
Webster, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound center, averaged 21.8 points, 12.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists last season. He was named a 2005 AP All State first team while leading St. Thomas Academy to the state tournament semifinals.
"Bryce is a player who can continue to build the future of this program," coach Dan Monson said. "His best basketball is ahead of him. Bryce has the strength and the size that you can't teach. He will continue to develop over the course of his career and he will add depth to our frontcourt immediately."
Wilson, a 5-11 guard from Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Neb., is a preseason Junior College All-American.
The Orlando, Fla., native averaged 10.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game last season and shot 57 percent from the field and 45 percent from 3-point range.
"Limar gives us an Aaron Robinson-type point guard who can change the pace of a game with his superior quickness," Monson said. "With Lawrence McKenzie and Rico Tucker both being combo guards, Limar is a true point who can set up the offense first and shoot second."
Texas Longhorns: Texas signed a sixth member of one of the nation's top recruiting classes, point guard D.J. Augustin.
Ranked as one of the top prospects in the country by HoopScoop, Augustin won back-to-back Louisiana state titles and averaged 21.2 points last season as a junior at Brother Martin High School in New Orleans. Forced to leave that city by Hurricane Katrina, he's at Fort Bend Hightower this season and will join Texas for the 2006-07 season.
The second-ranked Longhorns open the 2005-06 season at home Tuesday against Southern.
Oklahoma State Cowboys: Obi Muonelo, ranked the nation's third-best shooting guard and No. 18 prospect overall by Rivals.com, signed a national letter of intent with Oklahoma State.
Muonelo, a senior at Edmond Santa Fe High School, has been a starter the past two seasons. At 6-5 and 215 pounds, he led the Wolves to the Class 6A state title a year ago, averaging 18 points, 10.2 rebounds, three assists and 2.3 steals per game.
Muonelo said he chose OSU because of their coaching, their style of play and the crowds.
"You know they're great coaches, but you wouldn't even know it because they're such great people," Muonelo said. "Their tradition was a huge part of it. That probably was the biggest part of my decision."
Montana Grizzlies: Montana announced the signing of four players Thursday, including prep standouts Zach Graves of Sacramento, Calif., Cameron Rundles of Minneapolis and Dave Vanderjagt of Australia, along with Sheridan Junior College transfer Gus Chase.
Graves, a 6-foot-2 guard, averaged 18 points, five assists and four rebounds per game as a junior, when he was named the MVP of his team at John F. Kennedy High School.
The 6-1 Rundles has been an all-league selection since his freshman season at DeLaSalle High School, one of the top basketball high schools in Minnesota.
Vanderjagt, a 7-foot center from Townsville Queensland, Australia, played in the Australian U-19 Youth Olympics, winning a gold medal.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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