David Loubeau is taking his game to the Big 12 a little earlier than most expected.
The 6-foot-9, 210-pound power forward from Westlake Prep is headed to Texas A&M and he'll be coming in as a class of 2008 prospect, according to his coach Johnny Fleming.
"He's pretty happy with his decision," Fleming said. "He went there this summer for the Great American Shootout and stayed over for the elite camp and liked the time he had with their players and like the opportunity he had to hang out with them."
Loubeau was originally slated to go to prep school after this year but with the new NCAA rule regarding prep school eligibility, Fleming said Loubeau would go to college instead. He added Loubeau is "doing fine" academically.
Mark Turgeon and his staff, most notably assistant Scott Spinelli, went to work on the Rivals100 prospect over the summer. Loubeau proved himself on both the 17 and 16 and under divisions with Team Breakdown.
The opportunity to further develop his inside-out game was a draw, Fleming said.
"They are going to get a hard-working big man that is a student of the game," Fleming said of Loubeau. "He is a very skilled guy that can probably play the three at the end of the day. He's had to play a lot of four for us because we need him to be that guy but he can shoot it and was probably my best ball-handler last year."
Loubeau also considered Cincinnati, Alabama, Kentucky, Miami, Florida and Florida State, Fleming said.
The Aggies already have a commitment from four-star point guard Dashan Harris in the class of 2008.