All throughout the process, Javan Felix was looking for somebody to make him feel wanted. Rick Barnes and Texas were able to accomplish that.
Monday night, Felix rewarded Barnes by offering a verbal commitment to the Longhorns.
A 5-foot-10 point guard from New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine, Felix had a huge summer with New Orleans Elite and emerged as Texas' top priority at the point.
"He chose me. He chose me out of a lot guards. He just felt like I was the best one," Felix told Rivals.com of Barnes. "Texas has been a dream school since the ninth grade when I came to UT for an elite camp. That's always been a school I've had a good feeling about. The time came and they started recruiting me; it felt right."
Not the biggest point guard and certainly not the flashiest, the three-star Felix is strong and rock solid. He doesn't make mistakes, can score and should provide the type of stability that Texas is looking to bring to a backcourt that has been a bit chaotic at times over the past few years.
"That's pretty much my game. I love to get my teammates open, and give them the ball when they're open," Felix said. "That's the big thing for me. It's like making sure everyone eats in the family before you. That's how I look at basketball.
"I feel like I can come in and contribute. I want to come in and win a title for Coach Barnes. He's won a lot of games, but he deserves that."
At the end of the day, Felix got a great vibe during his visit to Austin on Sunday and Monday. Most of all, it was about Barnes.
"Coach Barnes was truthful with me. That was important for me," Felix said. "He actually called my parents first to talk to them. My parents told me he called. That was important to me. That made me feel a certain way about it. Most coaches call a player first. He called my parents first and talked to them about how much they liked me and how well I was playing."
*Dustin McComas of Orangebloods.com contributed to this article.