May 4, 2012
FORT WORTH — High school center Aaron Durley has signed on to join the TCU men's basketball 2012-13 incoming class, head coach Trent Johnson announced Friday.
Durley, who measures in at 6-10 and 270 pounds, is a Houston-area native who played this past season for Fort Bend Bush High School. He will be eligible to play during the upcoming season as a freshman.
“Aaron will be a great addition to our program both as a player and as a person,” Johnson said. “He is a high-character individual who comes from a strong family, so he will fit into the culture that we intend to reinforce within our program. As a player, Aaron is a big, physical guy who plays a position that we identified as a need on our basketball team. He is the level of athlete who will help us make the transition to playing in the Big 12 Conference.”
A three-star recruit according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com, Durley is ranked as the No. 41 player in the state of Texas for the class of 2012-13 by ESPN.com. He played for a talented Bush High team this past season that posted a 28-6 overall record while finishing second place in the final 5A District 23 standings. The squad reached the Region III quarterfinals of the state playoffs and finished the spring ranked No. 10 in the state and No. 51 in the nation.
Durley posted single-game averages of 8.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots for head coach Ronnie Courtney’s Bronco squad as a senior. He played in a reserve role, as Bush also featured Cameron Ridley, a Texas signee who many have tabbed as one of the nation’s top center prospects in this season’s class. Durley originally garnered the attention of college recruiters last summer on the AAU circuit while playing for the Houston Hoopstars.
“The reasons I chose TCU, first was because of the coaches. They are awesome. I look forward to playing in the Big 12, because I have lots of friends that I have played against that are in the conference. My family also is really excited about my choice because everyone can now travel up to see me play.
“On my visit, it was my first time ever to travel to Fort Worth. It’s a beautiful town and campus. I was really impressed by all of the improvements that the school has made for the athletic programs, and I’m just excited to be a Horned Frog.”
Prior to attending Bush High, Durley played in the private school ranks for Houston's St. Thomas Catholic High School as a sophomore, earning TAPPS second-team all-state honors. He missed his entire junior season in 2010-11 while recovering from an Achilles injury.
In addition to his basketball prowess, Durley formerly was a standout Little League baseball player while living in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where his father worked in the oil industry. Durley played in the Little League World Series for the Arabian American team that reached the event in both 2005 and 2006. He played first base and in 2006 while becoming the tallest player in Little League World Series history.
Durley is the third member of TCU’s 2012-13 incoming recruiting class, joining guards Charles Hill (Fort Worth, Texas; Trimble Tech HS) and Clyde Smith III (Houston, Texas; The Hotchkiss School).