Team preview: Texas State

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Being just a short drive down Interstate 35 from the University of Texas, the coaches at Texas State -- like other Southland Conference schools lurking in the shadows of Big 12 and Southeastern Conference powerhouses -- often find it difficult to successfully recruit dominant post players.

But this off-season, Bobcats coach Dennis Nutt used some old fisherman logic to do just that. After all, the first boat on the lake gets first choice of the "honey hole."

Using his "go early, go hard" mentality, Nutt and his staff landed four of their six incoming freshmen during the early signing period. Three of those four are at least 6-8, including 6-9 forward Trevor Cook and 6-8 forward Dylan Moseley, both from the suburban Dallas area, along with 6-8, 245-pound center C.J. Webster out of Missouri City, Texas.

Though not as vertically blessed, 6-6 Houston-area forward Brandon Bush rounded out the early signing class for Texas State, allowing the Bobcats to come in and weigh their catch while other schools continued to fish.

"Size is so hard to get in this league. Across the country there just was not a huge supply of big guys this year," Nutt said. "There's normally not a lot, but it was even worse this year, so it was beneficial for us to really do our homework and get them early.

"You kind of hope maybe a big school is wavering a little bit. Most of the Texas high school kids seem to want to sign early, so it was key for us to get a few early. From there you just hope they take that size and develop into good players."