LEVELLAND - Three South Plains College Texan basketball players will be making oral commitments at 12:15 p.m. Thursday afternoon in the T-Club lounge located inside the Texan Dome. The players include last season's NJCAA Tournament MVP Yanick Moreira as well as Anthony Walker and Forrest Robinson.
Moreira - a 6-foot-10 star from Luanda, Angola - will likely commit to Southern Methodist University. Walker signed with the University of Texas at Arlington out of high school and is believed to be sticking with that choice.
Robinson visited Depaul this past weekend.
Speaking with Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texans head coach Steve Green said that Moreira's final two choices were SMU and Baylor. Ultimately, new Mustangs coach Larry Brown was thought to be the reason Moreira chose SMU.
"Yanick, I think, was sold on the fact that Larry Brown, in basketball circles, is regarded as a very good teacher," Green told the Lubbock based newspaper. "I think he realizes if he's ever going to play at the highest level, there's a lot of things about his game he needs to learn."
Brown is the only coach in history to have won both an NCAA Championship (Kansas, 1988) and an NBA Championship (Detroit, 2004).
Moreira averaged 12.1 points and 7.9 rebounds to help guide the Texans to an undefeated season and NJCAA national championship a year ago.
Walker played in 25 games last season and is expected to step into a bigger role with the departure of some key players from last year's team.
Robinson is a sophomore transfer from the University of North Texas.
The announcement will be streamed live over the internet at www.spctexans.com.