Turgeon Signs Pair of Florida Prep Standouts

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COLLEGE STATION -- Dashan Harris of Los Angeles (Monteverde [Fla] Academy) and David Loubeau of Davie, Fla. (Westlake Prep), have signed national letters-of-intent to play college basketball at Texas A&M, Head Coach Mark Turgeon said Thursday.

Both played are rated among the top 70 prospects nationally and the top four in Florida. The two-man class is rated as the second-best in the Big 12 by Rivals.com.

“It isn’t a large class but these two young men are what A&M needed at their positions and that’s key in recruiting,” Recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons said. “Harris and Loubeau will fit in well with this year’s freshman class. Coach Turgeon successfully fill their needs and I’d give A&M an A in that category. If you rated classes based on two players, it would be one of the top five classes in the country.”

"We are very excited about the addition of Dashan and David to the Texas A&M basketball family next season,” Turgeon said. “Both of these guys represent a valuable piece of the future of our program. They will make a substantial impact at A&M on and off the court with their basketball talent and character.”

Harris, a 6-foot-0, has led Monteverde (Fla.) Academy to a 55-1 record in the last two years. He averaged 12.6 points and 10.1 assists last season. A four-star recruit by Scout.com, Harris is rated as the No. 2 player in Florida by Breakdown magazine and No. 40 nationally by Gibbons, who also rates him among the top five point guards.

Monteverde Coach Kevin Sutton rates Harris among the top five point guards he’s coached with the others being former college All-Americans Randolph Childress (Wake Forest), Cory Alexander (Virginia), Cameron Dollar (UCLA) and current North Carolina standout Ty Lawson.

“Dash is a phenomenal young man who has been a pleasure to coach,” Sutton said. “He’s the consummate point guard.”

“I invited Dash to my NBA top 100 camp last June and he stood out as one of the quickest and fastest guards in the entire camp,” Gibbons said. “He will be an ideal player for Mark Turgeon. He’s a great leader on and off the court and is an outstanding young man. As he matures and develops, he’ll be one of the top floor leaders in the Big 12.”

“Dashan is an unbelievable leader,” Turgeon said. “He has great speed and quickness and loves to compete. Our up-tempo style of play fits him perfectly. He comes from a quality high school program and he knows what it takes to win.”

“We think Dash is the best incoming point guard in the Big 12 next year,” Justin Young of Rivals.com said. “He’s really defensive-minded and uses that momentum to spark his offense. He’s played at Monteverde for one of the best teachers in American in Kevin Sutton and is highly accustomed to winning.”

“I’m excited to play for Coach Turgeon,” Harris said. “We have the same mind-set when it comes to basketball. He likes to get up and down the court on offense and play full-court, tough man-to-man defense. Games are won on defense and I take pride in my defense. Coach Turgeon feels the same way.”

Harris also was recruited by Kentucky, Oklahoma, USC, Indiana, Cincinnati, Florida State and California, among others.

Loubeau, a 6-8 forward from Westlake Prep, is rated as a four-star recruit by Scout.com and is ranked No. 67 nationally by Rivals.com. He was the MVP for the 16-and-under class at the 2006 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. Loubeau is rated as the No. 4 prospect in Florida by Breakdown magazine.

In addition, he was a first-team all-state pick last year after averaging 31 points and a whopping 19 rebounds per game. His AAU team, Team Breakdown, won the 2007 AAU national title.

“Loubeau is strong and physical with a high skill level for a young player,” Gibbons said. “He can shoot from the perimeter and has the athleticism to get to the rim. He’ll be an outstanding power forward, but he may also be able to play the wing. A&M did a good job of getting in on him early. He’ll be ready to play when he comes in next year.”

“I’ve never seen David outplayed or out-worked on the court,” Team Breakdown Coach Kenny Gillion said. “He will chase down every ball and is so single-minded in getting to the ball, like Dennis Rodman in his prime. He told me he was just blown away by A&M. He loved A&M, especially Coach Turgeon and the coaching staff. He really connected with the coaches and the team.”

“David has the versatility and skill to play multiple positions,” Turgeon said. “He can score in a variety of ways and gives us a skilled forward. He has great passion for the game and I love his work ethic. He also comes from a quality high school and AAU program.”

“Texas A&M and Coach Turgeon did a great job of recruiting David,” Westlake Coach Johnny Flemming said. “He's a tremendous fit for everything Coach Turgeon is trying to do. David’s work ethic is second to none and he’s very coachable. He's a great kid who will do whatever it takes to be the best.”

“Davis a grinder who loves putting a body on people and crash the boards,” Young said. “He’s a warrior who will fit well into Coach Turgeon’s style of play.”

Loubeau also was recruited by Cincinnati, Florida, Georgetown and Miami (Fla.), among others.

TEXAS A&M 2007 FALL RECRUITING CLASS

Dash Harris G 6-2 170 Los Angeles (Monteverde [Fla.] Academy)

David Loubeau F 6-8 220 Davie, Fla. (Westlake Preparatory School)