Ward makes late high-major decision

Class of 2008 prospect Varez Ward has finally found a college home. The 6-foot-2 Alabama native is headed to the Big 12.
Ward verbally committed to Texas on Sunday, according to his Southeast Elite AAU coach Norm Williams.
"He is excited because of coach [Rick] Barnes. He's a good coach and he really lets his guards get out and play," Williams said. "With Augustin probably staying in the draft, they were looking for a guard to step in and play some minutes and contribute."
Williams thinks Ward, a one-time Cincinnati commitment from Birmingham via the Patterson School in North Carolina, can do just that. The three-star guard will surprise people once he gets to Austin and suits up for the Longhorns, Williams says.
"They are getting a kid that when it is all said and done, people will ask who is this kid and where did he come from?" Williams said. "I really think he can step right in and be a tremendous defender. I've never questioned that about him. People question his offensive skills but after three of four years of working with him, I know what he is going to do. I think he can pick up the slack from D.J.'s departure."
Ward joins Rivals150 guard J'Covan Brown in the 2008 recruiting class for the Longhorns.