Some first year head coaches built classes that will help them win a lot of games at their new jobs.
Aggie Men's Hoops Signs Two
The backcourt stars are both consensus national top 100 recruits and make up one of the country's top hauls. The Aggies' Class of 2012 in the top 25 by several other prominent recruiting services.
"I am so excited to announce our two signees to our Texas A&M Aggie basketball family," head coach Billy Kennedy said. "Alex and J-Mychal are quality students, have great character, and are proven winners. They fit the type of profile that we will continue to recruit for many years to come here at Texas A&M. I am so thrilled that they are both excited to be Aggies!" Caruso (College Station) and Reese (Bryan) have grown up watching the Aggie program rise to one of the country's elite, each living just a few miles away from Reed Arena. They will join the A&M basketball family for the 2012-13 season.
"I thought the A&M coaching staff did a great job locking up Reese and Caruso," said Evan Daniels, national basketball recruiting analyst for scout.com. "These are two guys they had to get. Both are local kids and talented enough to make a difference early in their careers. I like how shifty and quick Reese is. The southpaw can attack, create, and shoot it at a good clip. Caruso is a guy that broke out late in his high school career, but he has good size on the wing, is an all-around improved athlete and plays the game the right way."
2011-12 TEXAS A&M SIGNEES (2)
6-5 * 180 * Fr. * Guard
College Station, Texas (A&M Consolidated HS)
A consensus four-star prospect and top-100 national recruit ... one of the country's top shooting guards ... ranked as the No. 3 shooting guard in the state of Texas and No. 15 nationally by ESPN.com ... ranked 10th in Texas and 84th overall in the entire class of 2012 by ESPN.com ... a 6-5, 180-pound shooting guard who is a three-year starter entering his senior season at A&M Consolidated High School in College Station ... a first-team all-district selection as a junior, averaged 16.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.7 blocks to lead the Tigers to the state playoffs ... was an all-district pick as a sophomore (2010), helping take Consol to the playoffs ... grew up around the A&M program, spending many seasons as a ball boy for the Aggies ... father, Mike, played for and coached under Eddie Sutton and is currently an associate athletic director at Texas A&M ... plays AAU ball for the Texas Ambassadors ... chose A&M over Colorado, Arizona State, Georgetown, Creighton, Nebraska and Oregon, among others ... son of Mike and Jackie Caruso of College Station ... has two sisters, Megan (A&M Class of '14) and Emily.
Caruso in the Rankings
- four-star prospect (ESPN.com, rivals.com, scout.com)
- No. 3 shooting guard in Texas (ESPN.com)
- No. 10 overall in Texas in Class of 2012 (ESPN.com)
- No. 9 shooting guard nationally (scout.com)
- No. 15 shooting guard nationally (ESPN.com, scout.com)
- national rankings, full class of 2012: No. 67 (rivals.com), No. 75 (scout.com), No. 84 (ESPN.com)
TEXAS A&M HEAD COACH BILLY KENNEDY: "Alex brings tremendous athleticism and versatility to our team on the perimeter. His skill level and size allow him to play all three perimeter positions. He's a good athlete who has a great feel for the game."
DAVE TELEP, ESPN.COM NATIONAL RECRUITING ANALYST: "Even if Caruso's father hadn't been in the Aggies' athletic department, to me this is a kid Billy Kennedy would have gone great lengths to recruit. He's a rugged competitor who holds himself to a high standard, can handle, pass and finish. His ascension in June turned out to be one of the feel-good stories of the summer."
6-2 * 170 * Fr. * Guard
Bryan, Texas (Bryan HS)
A consensus four-star prospect and top-100 national recruit ... one of the best point guards in the nation ... the top-ranked point guard in Texas and seventh-ranked nationally by ESPN.com ... rated as the sixth-best recruit overall in the state of Texas and 54th-best overall in the entire class of 2012 by ESPN.com ... ranked third on the Maroon and White Report's Hoops Hot List for 2012 ... a 6-2, 170-pounder who is a three-year starter entering his senior season at Bryan High School ... a three-time all-state pick by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches for his father, John, who is now an assistant coach for the Aggies ... was named the district's most valuable player as a junior, leading the Vikings to the area playoffs ... averaged 28.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.5 steals ... scored 52 points in a district win over Belton and poured in 40 in Bryan's playoff loss to state finalist Lakeview Centennial ... averaged 18 points and 5.6 assists as a sophomore (2010) and 18.9 points and 7.8 assists as a freshman (2009) ... plays AAU ball for Houston Hoops ... chose A&M over Kansas, Louisville, Memphis, Baylor and Texas, among others ... son of John and Celeste Reese of Bryan ... has an older brother, Jerron (A&M Class of 2012).
Reese in the Rankings
- four-star prospect (ESPN.com, rivals.com, scout.com)
- No. 1 point guard in Texas (ESPN.com)
- No. 6 overall in Texas in Class of 2012 (ESPN.com)
- No. 6 point guard nationally (scout.com)
- No. 7 point guard nationally (ESPN.com)
- No. 13 point guard nationally (rivals.com)
- national rankings, full class of 2012: No. 30 (scout.com), No. 54 (ESPN.com), No. 63 (rivals.com)
TEXAS A&M HEAD COACH BILLY KENNEDY: "In J-Mychal we are getting an athletic point guard who can also score. His quickness and ability to get in the lane puts pressure on defenses. His scoring talents allow him to play on or off the basketball. He has demonstrated over the last few years to be one of the top point guards in the country."
DAVE TELEP, ESPN.COM NATIONAL RECRUITING ANALYST: "Reese is one of those lead guards who can captain the ship and score points. He has a way about him and never looks nervous. He's played against the best, on the biggest stages and he's the owner of a quiet confidence. J-Mychal can step on the gas pedal and make it go very fast. Getting into the lane and finishing with athleticism are strengths."
AggieDigest.com Recommended Stories
Rivalry Week on Scout
Build yourself a sky-high left-over turkey sandwich, cover it in a creamy sauce of hate, and get ready to scream!Read More
7 Facts About the 2014 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe
These were lessons we were extremely happy to learn.Read More
Outdoorsman's Gift Guide: Christmas 2014
Finding just the right present for that special someone can be a challenge, so we’ve compiled a wide variety of hunting, fishing and outdoor gifts that you—or Santa—can deliver this Christmas.Read More
Gains in Wheeled Combat Vehicles Closing Gaps
Do advances in wheeled combat vehicles signal that they can now deliver the same mobility as tracked systems in deep mud or sand dunes?Read More
Morris to SMU?
Tonight it was reported that Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris will be SMU's next head coach. Stay with Pony Stampede as we work to confirm!Read More