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Both the Longhorns and the Bears have a 6'10 or bigger McDonald's All-American joining their team this season. Expectations are high surrounding both Isaiah Austin and Cameron Ridley.
While Scott Drew and Rick Barnes may not wow many with their X's-and-O's skills, they're both adept at a far more important aspect of their job – reeling in big-time recruits.
2012 is no different, as both secured a commitment from a McDonald's All-American big man.
Over at CBS Sports, they made a ranking of the Top 50 big men in the country, and even though neither Cameron Ridley (Texas) or Isaiah Austin (Baylor) have played in a college game yet, they both made the cut:
|21. Isaiah Austin, Baylor|
|He's tough to figure. So long and athletic and talented, but how much will he actually produce in Waco? The NBA folks salivate over his skill-set and potential, but Scott Drew will have to find a way to get him to get things done rather than just look good in the layup lines. – J.G.|
|43. Cameron Ridley, Texas|
|Don't be shocked if the Longhorns big man averages a double-double this season. There's a need for a legit center in Austin – and Ridley knows what he is: a big, strong, low-post presence who doesn't stray away from the paint. – J.G.|
Austin, a Dallas native, and Ridley, hailing from Houston, have long been rivals on the AAU scene, a rivalry they're able to rekindle in the Big 12 this season.
And while Kansas, once again, looks like the class of the conference, the battle for No. 2 may come down to which highly-touted freshman big man is most ready to play from Day 1.