Texas A&M’s basketball team is looking to make some noise this season by reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011. The future of the Aggies’ program continues to look bright, as they locked in two top recruits for the Class of 2016 during the first day of the early signing period on Wednesday and added a late addition to the Class of 2015 as well.
The Aggies open the 2015-16 season on Friday against USC Upstate at Reed Arena. Texas A&M has six seniors on its roster this season, and three freshmen who were ranked in the top 50 of the 2015 class. Both of the 2016 commits are ranked inside the top 60 players in the nation, and Texas A&M’s class is currently ranked No. 18 in the country by the 247sports composite.
Here is the roundup of Texas A&M’s class of 2016 commits:
Robert Williams — 6-foot-8, 225 pounds — Vivian, La.
Williams, a 4-star power forward, is the No. 2 prospect in Louisiana and the No. 13 power forward in the country. As a junior this past season, he averaged 21.0 points and 13.4 rebounds per game for North Caddo.
“For me, being a Louisiana guy, to get the number one player in the state of Louisiana is exciting,” Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy said in a release. “Robert is extremely talented. He’s a shot blocker, an athlete and brings something we don’t have in the program right now from an athleticism standpoint and his ability to alter opponents’ shots around the basket. He can score too. When he figures out how good he can be, it could be scary.”
J.J. Caldwell — 5-foot-11, 180 pounds — Cypress, Texas
Caldwell, a 4-star point guard, is the No. 8 prospect in the state of Texas and the No. 57 in the country. As a junior last season, he averaged 13.9 points, 7.6 assists and 6.5 rebounds per contest for Cypress Woods, earning First-Team All-District 17-5A honors along the way.
“J.J. is an explosive point guard that we’ve recruited for some time now,” Kennedy said. “He’s one of the best passing guards that I’ve seen in a long time. He can really defend the ball and is aggressive getting to the basket. He’ll have a chance to impact our team right away as a freshman.”
Kobie Eubanks — 6-foot-5, 212 pounds — Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The Aggies’ 2015 recruiting class received a late boost Wednesday as Eubanks signed on to join Kennedy’s basketball program. The 4-star shooting guard will join Texas A&M at the semester break this December. He is the No. 11 prospect from Florida and No. 94 overall in the 2015 class. As a senior last season at Our Savior New American School in Centereach, N.Y., he averaged 18.5 points per game.
“Kobie is a late addition to our freshman class,” Kennedy said. “He’s a guy that can come in this December and will be eligible to play. He brings a physical presence and maturity as a freshman because he basically had to sit out a year.”