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  1. PREVIEW: Texas hosts red-hot #18 Kansas State in Austin The Longhorns hope to keep their win-streak alive against league-leading Kansas State Published 58 mins ago on February 12, 2019 By Austin Stevens Jan 2, 2019; Manhattan, KS, USA; Texas Longhorns guard Kerwin Roach II (12) dribbles against Kansas State Wildcats guard Shaun Neal-Williams (1) during the second half at Bramlage Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports In another important Big 12 matchup, Texas will host the conference-leading Kansas State Wildcats on Tuesday. The second game of the season between the two schools will be a rematch of the early January meeting in which Texas embarrassed the Wildcats, 67-47. Wildcat sophmore guard Cartier Diarra will miss Tuesday night’s contest due to hand surgery, but forward Dean Wade is back in the lineup, unlike last time these two teams played in Manhattan. When: Tuesday, February 12th Time: 8 PM CST Venue: Frank Erwin Center Location: Austin, TX Television: ESPN2 What to watch for from Texas: GETTING HOT LATE IN THE SEASON: Texas has played well in their last two games, achieving their first win streak since early January. Their shooting percentage of 49.56% (56-113) in those games has played an impactful role. Over the last two games, Texas is shooting well above their current average field goal percentage (43.6%) and Shaka Smart’s team is shooting better than Iowa State, who lead the Big 12 Conference in field goal percentage (48.1%). The team is averaging a margin of victory of 17 points over the two-game stretch, building confidence for the Texas defense moving forward. GUARD IMPACT: Texas has three electric guards in Kerwin Roach II, Matt Coleman III, and Courtney Ramey. In the last two performances, Roach has averaged 17.5 PPG, Coleman has averaged 12.0 PPG, and Ramey has averaged 14.5 PPG. This trio has played cohesively as of late, bringing intangibles to their performances. Roach’s worth speaks for itself, as does the prolific speed of Coleman on fast breaks and the stout defensive performances from Ramey. It will be interesting to see how Kansas State handles the three-headed monster of these guards. EFFECTIVENESS OF THREE-POINTER/SHOT SELECTION: In this two-game stretch, Texas has shot 39.53% (17-43) from behind the arc, which has given them an edge over their opponents. Compared to 3-point shots against Iowa State (6-23, 26.1%), the team is shooting with more conviction from deep. The team is also improving their shot selection by feeding Jaxson Hayes and Jericho Sims more often. Hayes has a field goal percentage of 81.8% (9-11, 21 points) in the last two games, while Sims has a field goal percentage of 75.0% (6-8, 13 points) over the same span. Utilizing the pick-and-roll has contributed to their success, but they also are receiving better feeds from the guards and are finding better looks. MINIMIZING TURNOVERS: The Longhorns have handled the ball well in their last two games, averaging 8.5 turnovers per game, much less than their season average of 11.4 per game. Against a team like Kansas State, who has the best turnover margin and most steals-per-game in the Big 12, ball security will be paramount for Texas to have an edge. What to watch for from Kansas State: CONFERENCE LEADERS: The Wildcats have won 8 straight conference games. They have beaten Iowa State, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Kansas during this stretch. They have all the momentum of the league since losing in Manhattan to Texas, and are seeking revenge. BARRY BROWN JR. & DEAN WADE: The two top scorers for the Wildcats have led this team to where they are. Dean Wade did not play at the last meeting between these two teams, and will most certainly be a lot to handle. Wade averages 14.0 points per game, 6.8 rebounds per game, a field goal percentage of 50.9%, and a three-point percentage of 44.1%. Brown Jr. averages 15.3 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game, a field goal percentage of 44.3%, and a three-point percentage of 31.6%. These players will most likely be indicators of the success of Kansas State in this game. DEFENSIVE PROWESS: Kansas State leads many categories defensively within the Big 12, and their success will depend on maintaining that edge. They have the highest defensive rebound percentage at 76.1%, greatest turnover margin of +3.3, the most steals per game at 7.6, and the second-best scoring defensive with 59.3 points allowed per game. This has given them an advantage throughout their last 8 conference games, and it will be interesting to see how Texas attempts to overcome this.
  2. Texas Basketball defeats Baylor 84-72 Longhorns dethrone Big 12 leaders Published 11 hours ago on February 7, 2019 By Austin Stevens Feb 6, 2019; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns guard Devonte Bandoo (2) drives against Baylor Bears guard Devonte Bandoo (2) in the second half at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Spillman-USA TODAY Sports In a mid-week matchup, Texas looked to improve on last Saturday’s loss in Ames. Luckily, they came ready to play against the 15-6 (6-2, Big 12) Baylor Bears. Their strong start enabled them to do this, as they approached this game differently. Instead of looking for perimeter opportunities, early on Texas found options in the paint and through drive-and-dish opportunities. This allowed for Jaxson Hayes and Dylan Osetkowski to have more chances with high percentage shots. Hayes especially benefited from this, going 5 of 7 from the field and totaling 12 points in 25 minutes. Additionally, this outlook opened up more opportunities down the stretch, allowing Kerwin Roach and Matt Coleman to get open or find open men around the perimeter. This leads me to my next point…. For the most part, the three-point shot selection was much better as a team. With a 26.1% three-point percentage against Iowa State, Texas was much better this game with less attempts from behind the arch and a 40% three-point percentage. The Longhorns’ top performers on the night included: Kerwin Roach II – 21 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists Matt Coleman III – 18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists Jaxson Hayes – 12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks These three played large roles in getting Texas ahead, especially through ball movement, creating space, and field goal percentage. Compared to the loss in Ames, Texas was much better with ball security. They only had 9 turnovers compared to Baylor’s 14, a great improvement from last game. The team was also hot on offense, with a field goal percentage of 55.1%, an improvement from the 43.09% on Saturday. Texas managed to get to the line often, with 34 free-throw attempts on the night. If the team begins to capitalize on these opportunities they will be successful down the stretch. On the defensive side of the ball, the main success point came from their defensive switches. Their intervals of zone and press were decent within the first 30 minutes of play, causing turnovers at times. If Texas is able to figure out a more consistent approach to movement between these fast-pace defensive schemes, they will be a tough defense to face. The issues, which were not as visible, lied within a few places including the occasional lackluster shot selection. This occurred as the game went on and the team got comfortable. Jase Febres was 0 for 5 from three-point range until he hit three in a row, finishing 3 for 9 from that range. Although he hit three, many of his early looks were contested and could have been passed inside for better looks from Hayes, Osetkowski, or Sims. Also, as the game progressed, Texas got too comfortable, allowing Baylor within 8 points at 53-45. This could have been avoided if Texas had converted more of their free-throw attempts, as they went 22 for 34 from the line. A field goal percentage of 64.7% does not scream consistency from a team standpoint, and needs improvement for closer matchups. A win is a win, and Texas will take what they can get, especially with a score of 84-72 against the league’s leading team. If Texas improves on their weaknesses from this game, they should be able to take care of business moving forward, starting with a struggling West Virginia team. Texas heads to Morgantown to play West Virginia on Saturday at the WVU Coliseum at 7:00 PM CST.
  3. The Texas basketball program received good news Thursday morning when it was announced that Guard Kerwin Roach would be withdrawing his name from the NBA Draft and returning to school for his senior season. Roach averaged 12.3 points and 3.6 assist during his junior season in 2017, shooting 43.8% from the field and 36.4% from beyond the arc. The return of Roach means Texas will only lose one player to the draft, freshman Mo Bamba.
  4. Official statement from Bamba “After an incredibly rewarding year at The University of Texas, I will not be returning school as I will be entering the NBA Draft.” The Freshman averaged 12.9 points and 10.5 rebounds in his lone season in Austin
  5. After a one year absence, 10 seed Texas is set to return to the NCAA tournament on Friday against 7 seed Nevada. This will be the Longhorn’s second tournament appearance under third year head coach Shaka Smart, with the first appearance in 2016 ending with a 1st round exit to Northern Iowa on a half-court shot at the buzzer. Nevada returns to the tournament for the second consecutive season, bowing out in the first round last year to Iowa State, 84-73. On the court, the Wolf Pack are led by the Caleb and Cody Martin. The twins have combined to average 32.7 PPG and 11.6 RPG. Cody is also the team leader in assists at 4.2 per game. There is not much to dislike about Nevada offensively. They shoot well from the field (46.8%), shoot well from 3 (39.8%) and rarely turn the ball over (9.9 turnovers per game). Despite the positives on the offensive end, the Wolf Pack will have several factors working against them heading into the first round match-up. Starting point guard Lindsey Drew has been sidelined for a month with an achilles injury, and his absence has left Nevada short handed. The Wolf Pack will likely only play 7 players against the Longhorns, and Nevada also loves to foul. The inside presence of Jericho Sims and Mo Bamba could cause trouble if Wolf Pack players start finding themselves in foul trouble. The Longhorns are coming off a 73-69 loss to Texas Tech in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament. Bamba returned to action against the Red Raiders after missing the previous 2 games with a toe injury. The star freshman claims to be 100% healthy heading into the NCAA tournament, and it would be a welcome site for Shaka Smart and company to have their star player back on the floor at full health. With Eric Davis still out due to an ongoing NCAA investigation, Smart will continue to lean on rising guard Jacob Young, who has elevated his play the past few games. Young poured in a career high 29 points against Texas Tech, and played 32 minutes. The Houston native has given the Longhorns a much needed shooting boast from beyond the arc. Texas and Nevada is set to tip at 3:30 CST on TBS. The winner for face the winner of 2 seed Cincinnati against 15 seed Georgia State. Follow along at HornSports.com for live updates.
  6. With their NCAA tournament hopes hanging in the balance, Texas shot 56.9% from the field and 57.9% from 3, giving the Longhorns a 87-79 overtime win over West Virginia at the Frank Erwin Center. Guards Kerwin Roach and Matt Coleman paced the offensive attack, scoring 22 points a piece and combining for 11 assists. The Mountaineers were led guard Javon Carter, who had 12 points and added 6 assists. West Virginia led 42-40 at the half, and the two teams continued their back and forth battle into the second half. Texas led 72-70 with 6 seconds remaining following a made free throw by Jericho Sims. Shaka Smart called timeout and chose to have the Longhorns apply full court pressure. Carter responded by driving the length of the floor and making a layup to tie the game. In overtime, Texas regained the lead when Matt Coleman connected on a 3 pointer with 3:44 remaining. The Longhorns never trailed after that moment. Jacob Young nailed a 3 pointer with 2:22 remaining to stretch the Longhorns lead to 81-74, and Matt Coleman followed a layup to put the Longhorns up by 9. Carter then pulled the Mountaineers within 6 with a 3 pointer, but West Virginia would never get any closer. Freshman Jericho Sims played 36 minutes with the absence of Mo Bamba for the second straight game. The Minnesota native had a big game on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. The Longhorns will now prepare for the Big 12 tournament, where they will enter as the 7 seed, facing 10 seed Iowa State in the first round on Wednesday night.
  7. Jameson McCausland

    ***Game Thread: Baylor vs Texas***

    Via Texas Sports Texas (15-10, 5-7 Big 12) vs. Baylor (15-10, 5-7 Big 12) Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 - 8 p.m. Central Frank Erwin Center (16,540) - Austin, Texas GameDay Quick Facts • TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally by ESPN. Bob Wischusen (pxp), Fran Fraschilla (analyst) and Gene Wojciechowski (reporter) will call the action. • RADIO: The Longhorn IMG Radio Network broadcasts every UT game on the statewide network. Craig Way (pxp) and Eddie Oran (analyst) will call the action. Check www.TexasSports.com for a listing of affiliates carrying the game. • SERIES: Texas leads, 162-89. Last meeting: Baylor 69-60 (Jan. 6, 2018; Waco). Notables • HOME SUCCESS: Texas sports an 11-3 mark in games played at the Frank Erwin Center this season entering Monday's contest. The Longhorns have won three straight league home games against AP Top 20 opponents (defeating No. 16 TCU, No. 8 Texas Tech and No. 12 Oklahoma). • IMPRESSIVE FRESHMAN: Freshman forward Mohamed Bamba topped the 20-point mark for the fourth time this year with his 23-point effort (two shy of his career high) at TCU on Saturday. He leads the Big 12 Conference in rebounding (10.6 rpg), blocks (98) and double-doubles (12) and ranks second nationally in blocks per game (4.08 bpg). • DAVIS JR. PROVIDES SPARK: Junior guard Eric Davis Jr. is averaging 11.7 ppg while hitting 43.6% (24-55) from three-point range in 31.3 mpg over the last 10 contests. He has reached double figures in six of those 10 games, including a 16-point effort (6-8 FG, 3-3 threes) in 31 minutes on Saturday at TCU.
  8. Jameson McCausland

    ***Game Thread: Texas vs TCU***

    Via Texas Sports Texas (15-9, 5-6 Big 12) at TCU (16-8, 4-7 Big 12) Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 - 1 p.m. Central Schollmaier Arena (6,800) - Fort Worth, Texas GameDay Quick Facts • TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally by ESPNU. Lowell Galindo (pxp) and Reid Gettys (analyst) will call the action. • RADIO: The Longhorn IMG Radio Network broadcasts every UT game on the statewide network. Craig Way (pxp) and Eddie Oran (analyst) will call the action. Check www.TexasSports.com for a listing of affiliates carrying the game. • SERIES: Texas leads, 108-65. Last meeting: Texas 99-98 2ot (Jan. 10, 2018; Austin). Notables • RECENT SUCCESS AGAINST TCU: Texas has won 13 of the last 16 and 17 of the last 21 meetings against the Horned Frogs entering Saturday's contest. The Longhorns posted a dramatic 99-98 double-overtime win in Austin earlier this season (Jan. 10). • BAMBA SEEING DOUBLE: Freshman forward Mohamed Bamba recorded his 12th double-double of the season with his 18-point, 12-rebound effort in Wednesday's game against Kansas State. Bamba has registered seven double-doubles in his first 11 Big 12 Conference games and nine double-doubles in his last 13 games. • SEEKING ANOTHER ROAD WIN: After posting an 0-11 mark in true road games last season, the Longhorns won their first three road contests to start this year (posting wins at VCU, Alabama and Iowa State). Texas has dropped four consecutive Big 12 Conference road games entering Saturday's contest in Fort Worth.
  9. After notching back to back wins for the first time in over a month, Texas (14-7, 4-4) will travel to Lubbock to take on Texas Tech (17-4, 5-3). In the first meeting between the two teams on January 17th, the Longhorns defeated the Red Raiders 67-58 behind a 20 point performance from Kerwin Roach. The two teams will battle again, with Texas hoping to notch a resume boosting road win over the 10th ranked team in the country. Following the loss to Texas, Texas Tech was blown out by Iowa State (70-52), before bouncing back and recording victories over Oklahoma State (75-70) and South Carolina (70-63). In the victory over the Gamecocks, point guard Keenan Evans finished with 31 points. The Longhorns held Evans in check during the team’s first matchup in Austin, holding the senior to 11 points and 0-5 from three. Fellow guard Jarrett Culver has emerged as the second scoring option. Culver is averaging 10.6 points per game, including a 16 point performance against the Longhorns 2 weeks ago. The Red Raiders continue to be one of the top defensive teams in the country, holding opponents to 62.1 points per game and 39.1% shooting from the field. In victories over Iowa State and Ole Miss, Texas got a dominating performance from center Mo Bamba. The freshman poured in 24 points against the Cyclones before following it up with a career high 25 points against the Rebels. Along with improved play from Bamba, Shaka Smart also emphasized the need for the Longhorns to continue playing good defense, especially against a Red Raiders team that can score in bunches. “To create success for our team, it must start on the defensive end. It must start with a level of mental toughness and a commitment to all the small details that go into defending a team like Texas Tech,” Smart said. The Longhorns hope to continue their upward trajectory against Texas Tech and leading up to Saturday’s matchup at home against Oklahoma. Tip off will be at 8 PM CST and the game will be broadcasted on ESPNU. Follow along here at HornSports for live updates.
  10. Great piece on Kevin Durant from Corey Elliott - MR. RELIABLE (FYI, Corey Elliot is a contributor for HornSports.com. He is a Senior Writer at the Indy Sports Report and a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association, recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Pacers and has full media access. Follow Corey on Twitter - @CoreyElliot)
  11. The Longhorns played Kentucky only one time prior to tonight’s matchup in Lexington and that was twenty-one years ago in Maui. Texas lost that matchup 86-61 and hoped to even the series with the perennial hoops powerhouse on their own court tonight, despite being without star point guard Isaiah Taylor. It didn’t happen. The Longhorns outplayed a poor-shooting Kentucky team in the first half and dominated the Wildcats on the boards, holding the lead for most of the half. At the under-five mark Jonathan Holmes was called for a flagrant foul, which changed to game momentum and propelled the Wildcats to a 6-0 run. Texas held ground with the top-ranked team at the half with a 26-26 tie. The second half was a different story for Kentucky. And for Texas. The Wildcats scored the first 10 points of the half and the Longhorns went more than 5 minutes without a bucket. Kentucky held the lead for the entire second half, increasing its largest lead of the game to 14 points at the under nine mark. The Longhorns would eventually charge back, cutting the Kentucky lead to 5 points with 1:44 left on a pair of free throws made by Jonathan Holmes. Kentucky would hold on and beat Texas 63-51, its second win over a Top-10 ranked opponent on the season (The Wildcats won handily over the Jayhawks 72-40 last month). The Longhorns turned the ball over 22 times, giving up 19 points off those turnovers. In the end Texas shot 29.8% from the field while Kentucky shot 37.5% Foul trouble plagued the Longhorns most of the night, ending with the fouling-out of both Cameron Ridley and Myles Turner. Jonathan Holmes and Prince Ibeh each finished with 4 fouls. Holmes led all Longhorns in scoring with 14 points and Kentucky’s Willey Cauley-Steins led all scorers with 21 points. Despite the team’s foul troubles, Texas proved they can compete with one of the highest caliber teams in the country – on the road, even without Isaiah Taylor. The final score was a double-digit lead for the Wildcats, but the game was much closer than the score indicates. Texas fans should continue to have high expectations from this team because they have all the tools to succeed this season. Rick Barnes and the Longhorns (7-1) will enjoy an eight day break before facing Texas State at home.
  12. Jonathan Holmes nailed a 3-point shot with 4.4 seconds left to lead the #7 Longhorns over the #24 Huskies 54-54 at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Connecticut. https://vine.co/v/OnPYrbT5pxZ UCONN’s Ryan Boatright led all scorers with 24 points and Jonathan Holmes led the Longhorns in scoring with 13 points. Texas took a 31-25 point lead into the locker room at the half, but mid-way through the second half Connecticut would take the lead on a layup by Boatright. The Huskies would hold the lead until Holmes' 3-pointer. The Longhorns would steal the ball with 2 seconds left, picking up a nice road win to add to their tournament resume early in the season. UCONN's Boatright was injured on the last play of the game and suffered a sprained ankle. Javan Felix and Demarcus Holland each finished with 10 points while freshman Myles Turner came off the bench to score 7 points and grab 5 rebounds. The Longhorns shot 35 percent from the field while the Huskies shot 30.4 percent. Texas (6-0) will face UT-Arlington on Tuesday in Austin before travelling to Lexington to face the top-ranked Wildcats on 12/5.
  13. According to Evan Daniels at Scout.com, five-star big man Elijah Thomas has trimmed his list to 6. The 6 schools that made the cut are Texas A&M, SMU, UNLV, LSU, Illinois & Oklahoma St. Texas made his top 10 & was thought to be in good shape with Thomas. The 6-foot-9, 240 pound C currently attends Lancaster after also attending Prime Prep Academy & Rockwall. He is rated at the 17th best player in the nation by 247sports composite score.
  14. HornSports Staff

    Questions Answered!

    Contributors: Sean Adams, Aaron Carrara, Matt Cotcher, Mike Garland (J.B. TexasEx) Any confirmation on the suspensions of Daje, Estelle, and Harrison? If so, for how long? There continues to be contradicting reports on these three. Even our folks close to the team have differing views. The majority of those folks seems to think that all three players are waiting on grades from the 2nd summer school session to be released. It's something we're tracking closely. (UTPhil2006) Percentage of landing Malik Jefferson? Honestly, this one is shaping up as a coin flip. It’s a three horse race between Texas, Texas A&M and Baylor (even though he tweeted earlier Thursday night that he plans on visiting Oklahoma this weekend). Jefferson has been hanging out with Gilmer CB Kris Boyd (part of the original Fab 5) a lot lately and both are “planning” on visiting Texas A&M together the second weekend of August. The longer his recruitment plays out the more it benefits the Horns. (UTPhil2006) Do we have even an outside shot at Kendall Sheffield? There is always a shot, especially when dealing with high school kids. That being said, the chance of getting Sheffield is slim...really slim. He’s been all A&M since the middle of May. (UTPhil2006) Why Florida and not LSU, Bama, or more specifically Auburn for Daylon Mack's 2nd (of 2) official visit? Because it’s Florida…what high school kid wouldn’t want to take a trip to Florida, on Florida’s dime? Despite being down recently, Florida has a lot of appeal and Muschamp connects with defensive recruits pretty well. (UTPhil2006) Main targets for the 2015 basketball recruiting class? How many spots will we have? The coaching staff is in a tough spot…they could have several guys leave after this season, or Holmes could be the only departure (graduation). The coaches are keyed in on three shooting guards (including Matt McQuaid who we mentioned last week), which is also curious considering the current log jam on the roster. The guess here is that they will prioritize those three guards over the next 30 days and only sign one this Fall. Whether they sign a second player will depend on some conversations with the current roster that will be happening before practices start. (PeteA422) After all the talk of the (alleged) suspensions, and the guys that were dismissed from the team, what is the take from the rest of the team regarding everything that is going on and how is everyone on the team responding? I think we all know Diggs is on board with all of this. The thing that everyone needs to understand is that the players have really bought into the team concept that the coaches have built. When you workout, run, sweat, lift and practice with the same guys, you start to feel a brotherhood together (instead of being an assembled group of talented athletes). This team is about winning. That is the goal. At this point anyone that is taking away from that goal needs to go. Most of the team is on board with this staff. (lsampson) Will Hornsports have an official tailgate this year for home games? In previous years Horn Sports helped sponsor an existing tailgate but it is time to take the next step. Horn Sports is working on putting together tailgates for home games this season. As soon as they’re arranged, our members will be the first to know! (UTPhil2006) Any rumors on who will replace Kaylee Hartung? ESPN has filled the position. All we can say at this point is that you won't be disappointed. (lsampson) Are there any mystery recruits out there that we're not hearing about now that may shoot up the rankings soon? Two 2016’s come to mind: - Carthage tight end Marquise Guinn (6-4, 225) is a physical blocker that has good hands. He has room to grow with his frame. Started for 3A state champion Carthage as a sophomore; is also a 160+’ thrower in the discus. - Corrigan-Camden linebacker La’Darius Hamilton (6-2, 220) doesn’t get a lot of love because he plays for a smaller school but he is as physical as they come in the middle. Even though he’s a middle linebacker he does a good job sideline-to-sideline. (MikeV73) Is Chris Warren just waiting for the right time? He seems to be very in tune with UT recruiting news with tweets. Hope he is just wasting other schools money taking recruiting trips with a plan to commit to Strong and Co. This is a case of a kid enjoying the recruiting process and taking his time making a decision that will be the biggest of his young life. Texas, along with Oregon, Virginia, Stanford and Wisconsin are his top five and when signing day comes he will sign with one of these schools. I’d say all five schools are about even with Texas holding the slight edge with it being the only in-state school. Warren has recently visited Stanford and Virginia and plans on taking a trip to Oregon in the near future. (SFlonghorngirl) Any other Louisiana recruits we're targeting besides Patterson? Patterson is obviously the big one out of Louisiana that Texas wants but Louisiana is loaded with talent that the Horns are targeting. 2015 OLB Bo Wallace from John Curtus has a Texas offer and his showing a ‘decent’ amount of interest (but that’s all it is right now). He visited Austin back in April. 2016 wide receiver Mykel Jones (Patterson, LA) joins Shea Patterson as two of 2016’s top targets from the Bayou State that are receiving interest from Texas. It’s early in the recruitment process for him but speculation is that Florida State and LSU lead and his home state is his top choice. And of course there’s commit Garrett Thomas from Many, LA. Another high school to keep an eye on is University Lab School (U-High) in Baton Rouge. It’s home to LSU commit Dylan Moses (2017 prospect that already has a Texas offer), Cornerbacks Malik Jefferson and Tre Jackson (2016) and RB Nick Brosette (2015). Reports are that Brosette has genuine interest in Texas, but LSU leads. Also keep an eye out for OT Adrian Ealy in the ’17 class at U-High. Coach Chad Mahaffey is doing some really good things at the program. (texasdobbs) Who is your projected defense, offense MVP's? Who will be a surprise dark horse player? For this team to achieve it's goals, Malcolm Brown (offense) and Malcom Brown (defense) need to be the MVP's on their respective sides. There aren't two other players with a bigger opportunity to impact the other 10 players on their unit. Other guys might have better stat lines, but it will be because of the job those two are doing. For our dark horse pick, we'll take tight end Geoff Swaim It's been years since Texas had an impact player at his position, but he's worked hard all Summer and is in position to make a contribution. (MikeV73) The Denton Guyer QB in class of 2017- hasn't played a down yet I think, is he wowing at camps to garner all of the positive mojo? Shawn Robinson has potential written all over him. He was impressive enough at the Under the Lights camp to pick up an offer from Strong. While it’s true that Robinson hasn’t taken a snap for Guyer yet, he did play as a freshman at his old school, Saginaw Chisholm Trail. Last season, Robinson threw for 1,123 yards and 11 touchdowns (7 int’s), and ran for 624 yards and 6 td’s. Robinson has to fill the void at Guyer left by Jerrod Heard. Guyer’s first game is against Allen – a team led by quarterback Kyler Murray, a Texas A&M commitment. (MikeV73) Is Dylan Mack playing possum or has written off UT, you make the call. Official visits to A&M and Florida? Florida, where did this come from? More wackiness from our esteemed DT recruit who seems to become more narcissistic as this process drags on. For our thoughts on the UF visit, read above. As far as his commitment to A&M, the narcissisitic thought is overboard. Think of Mack as an 18-year old without a filter – whatever is on his mind is what comes out of his mouth. And, although he’s verbally committed, a poor season in College Station and some key recruits pledging in Austin might be enough to sway his mind. Although he’s mentioned several SEC schools, we don’t think he’ll end up out of state.
  15. The dust is settled on the 2014 basketball season. Chris Flanagan tells you what needs to happen between now and November...
  16. The Texas basketball program received an enormous boost earlier this week when Myles Turner announced his intent to attend UT. Not only does Turner improve the prospects for next season, his commitment serves as an exclamation point on a season when Texas hoops returned to the national stage. Turner's announcement was broadcast on live television and is still being celebrated in Austin. Fans, coaches, his future teammates, and even - everyone is excited by the news. But when it comes down to it, who stands to gain the most by Turner's decision to join the Horns? Is it Rick Barnes? Is it Cameron Ridley? After reading, be sure to let us know what you think.... Don't overthink this - it's Rick Barnes - Sean Adams It is Rick Barnes and I’m not sure it is that close. Depending on which list you look at, Myles Turner is anywhere from the 2nd to 10th ranked player in the country. He is the highest ranked player that has signed with Texas since Avery Bradley signed with the Longhorns in 2009 out of Findley Prep. He is the first 5-star players since Myck Kabongo signed with Texas in 2011. Between 2009 and 2011 Texas signed five 5-star players. In 2012, 2013 and 2014 they signed one – Myles Turner. Rick Barnes needed Myles Turner to announce to the country that he is still here and that Texas got sidetracked for a bit but is ready to stake their claim as a Top 10 team. Texas recruits were watching and we have all read and heard about the whole roster returning in 2014/2015. Adding Turner to the mix makes Texas a Top 10 school. Nothing succeeds like success and adding Turner to the mix put more folks on alert that those that wrote of Rick Barnes and his tenure at Texas were wrong. Hell even Texas Director of Athletics Steve Patterson got so excited about Rick Barnes that he committed a minor NCAA infraction by sending out a tweet. Not so fast! - Matt Cotcher Everyone automatically thinks the commitment from Myles Turner means the most to Rick Barnes and the Longhorn program. While I won't deny it's all-encompassing impact, there is one big thing that's being overlooked..... ...and I do mean B-I-G Go ahead and roll your eyes. Just make sure it's because of the bad pun and not because Cam Ridley is a better choice than Rick Barnes.... For starters, Ridley is going to practice against Turner daily for the next 12 months. The best way to prep for an NBA career is to face an NBA-style body every day in practice. At 18 years old, Turner may not have a pro game yet but his 6'11" frame and that 7'3" wingspan are exactly the kind of challenge that Ridley needs. In fact, most of the players with that kind of physique find a spot at the end of an NBA bench - not even a D-League practice will do as much for Ridley as one on the 40 Acres will. Now that you're nodding your head in begrudging agreement, consider what adding Turner does for offensive spacing...First, acknowledge that at the end of last season, teams were sagging on defense so they could collapse quickly on the post when Ridley caught the ball. Opponents learned that physical play seemed to throw Ridley off his game. With Turner on the floor, opponents will be forced to respect the outside jump shot. If they sag towards the block, then Turner and Holmes will burn them with easy jumpers. Turner's presence on the defensive end is equally beneficial to Ridley. Knowing that he has weakside help with an 87" wingspan will enable Ridley to be much more aggressive in defending the low block. In summary, Ridley gets to practice against an NBA body. Plus he has an NBA talent that is going to make him look better on both offense and defense. Basically, the next 12 months will be like the NBA Draft Camp. (insert infomercial voice) BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! (/infomercial voice) Courtesy of Turner, there will be NBA scouts at every one of the Longhorn games next season. That's right, when Ridley is looking good, he's going to have the Association's eyes there to see it. And while the scouts are savvy enough to realize that Ridley is benefiting from having Turner at both ends of the floor, they also know that he'll be surrounded by those kinds of guys night in and night out in the NBA. It's actually better for them to see Ridley like this.
  17. Corey Elliot

    Mr. Reliable

    We are all guilty of missing the beauty and brilliance of something rare. Even when we are there, in the moment, watching it unfold in front of us, the significance of those moments is elusive. Kevin Durant expressed his relief that the regular season ended along with his historic scoring streak and questions about the MVP race. In fact, throughout most of this season the 25-year old, six-year pro expressed disconcert with the entire conversation. As the NBA Playoffs began and all of those questions ceased, there was a new question emerging in my mind: I wonder if we all realize what we witnessed this season? After the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 102-97 loss to the Indiana Pacers during the last week of the regular season, I asked Durant if he was relieved that the debate and the speculation were all but over. “A lot of people outside of the locker room talk about the accolades and the individual match up (with LeBron) but that’s just a part of the game. I just try to tune all that stuff out and try to worry about the betterment of the team,†Durant said in regards to MVP conversations. Durant has been a stand-up guy since he set foot on a basketball court. From his time at Texas, through his rookie season in Seattle and during the time he has spent on the Thunder there has never been a question about the person Durant is, let alone the basketball player he has become. But within himself, as expressed in a 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated, Durant has questions about why he is always second in nearly every category and achievement to date. When Durant was at Texas, he averaged 26.8 PPG and 11.1 RPG—that’s a double-double average, folks. And his assists average that was just above one per-game has blossomed since his debut in the association in 2008. Durant has spent countless hours to become what he is right now. The tall, gangly kid from Seat Pleasant, Maryland wasn’t even on the national radar heading into his freshmen year at Texas like the other freshmen that have since been glorified. That role was taken by Indianapolis’ Greg Oden. When the two finished their freshmen years, it was Durant who won the Naismith and the Wooden awards, Texas’ second ever recipient of both (T.J. Ford 2002-2003). The NBA draft was no different, Oden went first Durant went second, and by the time KD emerged as a perennial All Star, LeBron was peaking and on his way to South Beach, stealing all of Durant’s thunder—no pun intended. It's irrelevant if he doesn’t admit that discontent these days; just like it wouldn’t have mattered if he never mentioned it in an SI article. However, somewhere along his life, beyond his motivation to play for his childhood coach, Kevin Durant was inspired to perform far beyond the realm of reality for most aspiring basketball players. A year after losing the MVP race to LeBron James and being bounced from the NBA playoffs before the Finals, Durant can check one off the list as he will likely be the NBA’s 2013-14 MVP. The award would accompany his fourth scoring title in a five-year span — in 2012 Durant had the most points but did not average the most per game. This season, Durant’s RPG and APG were just under LeBron’s rebound and assist averages from his 2012 and 2013 MVP seasons, while his PPG were four and five points higher. Durant won this year’s scoring title by the game’s third-highest margin since 1970. Durant averaged 32 PPG, 7.4 RPG and 5.5 APG. He scored 25-or-more points in 41 games and during that time scored 30-or-more points in 12-straight games. During his 41-game streak, Durant actually averaged 38 PPG shooting 54.4% from the field. Here is Durant’s shooting chart during the 41-game span: Just as has been said about Magic Johnson, LeBron James and Michael Jordan, there may never be another player quite like Durant. Essentially a seven-footer, his scoring abilities are the best the game has ever seen. Let me reiterate that, Kevin Durant is the best, pure scorer the game of basketball has ever seen. The focus, mentality and determination to continue improving is evident and for 29 other NBA teams and the many players across the league, that’s the scariest thought ever. Because at 25-years old, Kevin Durant hasn’t even hit his actual prime, yet. He is merely getting started, people. For Durant, there are multiple MVP’s on deck and the chance at as many NBA titles. While LeBron is the undisputed best player on the planet — with four more seasons on Durant, he may want to maintain his unbelievable level of play for far more seasons to come. James needs to keep chasing those NBA championships—you know, not one, not two, not three, etc. along with as many MVP’s as possible. Because if we wake up in 14 years on a summer day in June to a press conference of No.35 hanging it up for good, I won’t be shocked if we are watching one of, if not the best ever, retire from the game of basketball. Hey, we can debate it about LeBron, why can’t we say it about KD? Corey Elliot is a contributor for HornSports.com. He is a Senior Writer at the Indy Sports Report and a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association, recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Pacers and has full media access. Follow Corey on Twitter - @CoreyElliot
  18. Solid info from Chris Flanagan on the meaning of Myles Turner's commitment.
  19. Chris Flanagan

    What does it mean? - Myles Turner Analysis

    On Wednesday, the Texas Longhorns basketball program grabbed the spotlight on the national stage when they received the commitment of big man Myles Turner. Turner is the No. 4 overall recruit for the 2014 basketball recruiting class according to 247sports. What does this commitment mean for the Texas program? 1. High expectations Whether it's in academics or in athletics, everyone has high expectations on the 40 acres - high expectations is the standard. The difference now is that those same high expectations extend nationally for the Texas Longhorns. Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com says that Texas is a solid top 10 team. These basketball expectations are the standard a football school dreams about but rarely realizes. Unlike football, basketball is a long season - particularly so when carrying the mantle of national expectations. Especially early in the season, I expect the Longhorns to drop a few games that they're favored to win. However, doing so won't remove them from the conversation for a regular season Big 12 title, a conference tournament championship or even a potential trip to the Final 4. 2. Cameron Ridley is skipping all throughout campus photo credit: zimbio.net Okay, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration but he has to be a very happy guy right now. Ridley's offensive forte is strictly on the low post - he doesn't step out and make jump shots like Myles Turner. Having Turner in the Texas offense is going to stretch defenses, in the same way Jonathan Holmes did this season when his shots were falling. The key for Cameron Ridley now is that he'll have both Turner and Holmes with him on the floor. The spacing those matchups create will undoubtedly result in more one-on-one scenarios for Ridley on the post. Then he'll have options to score or kick it out to a teammate for an assist. Essentially the double teams that collapsed on Ridley in 2014 simply aren't going to be able to do so in 2015. 3. A lockdown on the border? While everyone loves Kevin Durant, Avery Bradley and Tristan Thompson, they were not players from the state of Texas. Very good players that Texas needed but Longhorns fans love players from their home state. The State of Texas is regularly producing elite basketball talent, and while Rick Barnes must avoid chemistry problems (2013 comes to mind), he needs to target the blue chip Texas prospects and keep them from leaving the state. The scholarship numbers and recruiting in basketball is tremendously different than football. Whether it's from a perception or a roster perspective, Texas can't afford to miss on elite Texas talent and then have them play in Lawrence, KS. Turner's commitment will ease the concerns of Texas prospects similar to the effect that TJ Ford had for the program. Regardless of the outcome of the 2014-2015 season, Myles Turner was a big win for the Texas Longhorns.
  20. Matt Cotcher

    Myles and Myles of Texas

    On Tuesday afternoon, Myles Turner ended months of speculation by announcing his collegiate choice. Turner will play basketball for Rick Barnes and the Texas Longhorns. From Trinity High (Euless, TX), Turner is a dynamic prospect that is rated as highly as No. 2 in the country (ESPN). In his senior season, Turner led Trinity to a district championship by averaging 18 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 blocks per game. Standing at 6’11” and 240 pounds, Trinity’s five-star Center was the focus of speculation across the country because of his anticipated impact on next year’s national championship picture. Turner whittled his list of college choices to seven or eight schools, all of which surely talked about his ability to help them cut down the nets. Basketball royalty like Duke and Kentucky were eventually not considered as competition for his final three schools – Kansas, SMU and Texas. SMU’s hoops program is surging under Head Coach Larry Brown. The Mustangs finished last season as runner’s up in the NIT tournament and have parlayed their recent successes into a commitment from elite point guard Emmanuel Mudiay. Quite frankly, Brown and SMU needed Turner to make a hometown choice. At SMU, Turner could have been the transformative player that vaults the Mustangs to relevance on the national basketball scene. At the other end of the spectrum were the Kansas Jayhawks. KU’s roster is loaded with premier talent, including enough talented front court players for some experts to question whether there would be enough minutes available if Turner went to Lawrence. But the Jayhawks have won at least a share of 10 consecutive Big 12 titles, and routinely transform talented prep players into first round NBA draft picks. In terms of prestige, tradition and reputation, Turner would have been foolish not to strongly consider KU. But sometimes no matter how good the extremes look on the spectrum, the sweet spot is right in the middle – precisely where the Texas Longhorns positioned themselves. Texas offered some of the attraction of Kansas and part of the charm of SMU. Combine that with being a 3-hour drive from home (plenty close enough for Mom and Dad to see games) and the Horns were the logical choice. Digging deeper reveals a 2014-15 Texas roster that returns every single player from last season. Considering that the team played well enough to exceed expectations and Coach Barnes won coach of the year honors, all those returnees already have folks whispering about next season…and this is Texas where next season always means football season. Returning every starter from last season played a role in Turner's decision. (photo credit: usatoday.com) Deeper still, there was the exemplary case of Cameron Ridley at Barnes’ disposal. Ridley was a Top 100 recruit coming out of Houston’s Fort Bend Bush High School but the college game overwhelmed him. Texas’ new big man was not ready for the physical demands of the college game and averaged less than five points and rebounds per game. Ridley even struggled to catch the ball cleanly throughout his freshman season and converted free throws at an abysmal 33%. (cue Todd Wright – enter stage, left) Ridley dropped more than 30 pounds before his sophomore season. In his second year, he posted 10 double-doubles, shot 62% from the free throw line and demonstrated a physical, low-post offensive game that he lacked during his freshman campaign. It wasn't just green vegetables that transformed Ridley’s game - it was his own hard work and dedication combined with the supervision of Head Strength Coach Todd Wright. Snap back to present day and that example has to weigh heavily on the mind of a player like Myles Turner. Like Ridley, Turner dominates high school competition based on his physical attributes. Unlike Ridley, Turner’s challenge will be to add weight when he arrives on the 40 Acres. Also unlike Ridley, Turner recognized flaws in his style of play. Wanting to be more than a shot blocker, Turner set about developing his offensive game early in his high school career. A solid low-block game aided by a good jump shot were the initial steps. Next came work on offensive moves while facing the basket and learning to attack the rim. Then came a well-timed growth spurt of more than four inches and 20 pounds. In four years at Trinity High, Turner gained more than 50 pounds. Voila! Basketball phenom! Realistically, Turner is light years ahead on the development curve and Wright hasn’t had a chance to sprinkle fairy dust on him yet. But, when weighing the allure of KU against Texas it is impossible to overstate the value of Wright or Barnes’ track record with draft-able talent. Is Texas on par with Kansas? Absolutely not. Did Texas approximate Kansas’ advantages while also being close enough for Mom and Dad to drive to every home game? Absolutely. Even though it appears like he emerged from the same physical-superfreak mold as Kevin Durant (Turner's favorite player), Turner is not the pure jump shooter that Durant is. Longhorns fans should think of another ex-player when trying to envision Turner’s abilities - his style of play is much more similar to LaMarcus Aldridge. With good range on a jumper that extends out to the perimeter, and low post moves that are similar to Aldridge, Turner’s offensive style should only be described as ‘versatile’. Rick Barnes now has a matchup nightmare to lineup alongside Ridley. (photo credit: brownsvilleherald.com) Turner is also a good fit for Barnes’ proclivity for defensive play. Beyond being a willing defender, Turner is a shot blocking machine. Not only will his offensive versatility give Barnes plenty of options, Turner’s game-changing defensive skills will alter how opposing players attack the Texas basket. Twice a week Turner participates in strength workouts conducted by personal trainers. He’s also improved his basketball skills in workouts supervised by John Lucas. Neither of those facts stop Turner from listing ‘increasing strength’ and ‘refining offensive moves with back facing the basket’ as his two top goals for improvement during his freshman season. Between Texas’ recent history of placing players in the NBA; Austin’s proximity to his home; having Todd Wright on staff; Jai Lucas’ support of the program; and a budding relationship with a Texas roster that returns 100% of it’s players, there were too many logical advantages for Myles Turner to do anything except choose the Longhorns. But the one reason not listed yet, may be the one that elicits the most smiles from Texas alumni. Turner was quoted as saying, “No matter where I go, I’m going to get a good education,” adding that, “I want somebody that’s going to work with me. If I had the opportunity to one-and-done or two-and-done, I want to come back and work on my degree.” The University of Texas and Myles Turner sound like a perfect match.
  21. On Thursday, it was reported by Jeff Ermann of InsideMDsports.com that former Maryland sophomore Shaquille Cleare has signed with the University of Texas men's basketball team. At 6'9" and 265 pounds, Cleare played Center for the Terps. Cleare was highly recruited out of high school, but that potential did not materialize during his two years at Maryland. After starting most of his freshman season, the low post man saw his role reduced to bench player around the halfway point of his sophomore year. Although his offensive post game is relatively underdeveloped, Cleare does shoot a good percentage (56.5%) from the field. Contrast that with a marginal free throw percentage at about 60%. Analysis & Fit with the Horns It's always difficult to determine if transfers in college basketball will work out but he will have a year to learn the system and the way things work at Texas under Rick Barnes before he will be in the starting lineup. In theory this appears to be a move made in anticipation of Myles Turner spending only one season in Austin. Realistically, Myles Turner will be a "one-and-done" wherever he goes. He might stay two years like Blake Griffin did at Oklahoma but that is the longest he will stay in college. The potential departure of Turner would create a depleted roster of frontcourt players in 2015-2016 for Rick Barnes. Jonathan Holmes will be out of eligibility and Cameron Ridley could opt to go to the NBA draft as a junior (especially if he improves like he did between his freshmen and sophomore year). That would leave Jordan Barrett, Prince Ibeh and Connor Lammert as the only big men if all Turner, Ridley and Holmes are gone in 2015. This move was done to secure some depth on the front line for the Texas basketball team. While only having four bigs is not ideal, it could help land Elijah Thomas who is the best Texas basketball prospect in 2015 according to 247sports. Adding Cleare appears to be a solid insurance policy for the Texas Longhorns basketball team.
  22. Chris Flanagan

    Offseason Priorities

    In retrospect, there were a lot of positives as well as some persistent negatives in the 2013-2014 Texas basketball season. Now that the dust has settled and the emotional edge of another first weekend loss in March Madness has faded, let's review some of the keys of the past season as they relate to goals for the 2014-2015 season: 1. Keep departures down to a minimum In recent years, the Longhorns have been the "victim" of early NBA Draft enrollees and transfers. Unsurprisingly, teams that make it to the second weekend of the tournament are those with veteran players. If Rick Barnes and his staff can keep everyone in Austin, the Longhorns will have one senior and four juniors on next year's squad. Departures are all to common in college basketball, so the Longhorns must limit defections to two players at most. 2. Get Myles Turner Every program wants Myles Turner's commitment - he is the highest ranked player by Rivals.com that has yet to make a college choice. Some recruiting services have Turner rated as high as the 2nd best prospect in the 2014 class. Depending on what team website you read for information, Turner is a "lock" to Duke, Kansas, SMU, or Texas. Although he is very tight lipped on his recruitment, HornSports has reason to believe that Turner will join Coach Barnes' crew. All signs point to Turner being a great collegiate basketball player and he would be a difference maker on a Longhorn team with several upperclassmen. Adding Turner to the returning players would give Coach Barnes and Texas a legitimate chance to reach the Final 4 in 2015. 3. Isaiah Taylor must develop a jump shot Isaiah Taylor is a magician at handling the basketball and turned out to be one of the most pleasant surprises of last season. However, now that there is plenty of game tape available, the floaters, driving lanes, and layups that surprised opponents last year are going to disappear. photo credit: ap.org Next season, teams playing Texas will sag on defense and make Taylor hit jump shots rather than penetrate and score (or find an open teammate). Taylor will need to hit those shots for the Texas offense to be at it's best. No one is expecting the point guard to hit every jump shot from anywhere on the floor (he's not Kevin Durant) but, Taylor needs to develop three areas on the floor where he would feel confident that he could make shots consistently. If he adds that aspect to his game, Taylor can make the Texas offense more dynamic, resulting in better team that wins more games. 4. Choose between Martez Walker and DeMarcus Holland Being a standout defender earned DeMarcus Holland more starts at shooting guard than anyone else for Texas.. However, his offensive output was sporadic at best. Martez Walker quickly progressed throughout the season from being a guard who only contributed five minutes per game to one seen as a crucial asset in the Horns' offensive gameplan. His defense wasn't as good as DeMarcus Holland but he added value on offensive side of the floor so he got plenty of playing time. There are more than seven months of time to prepare for the next basketball season - if DeMarcus Holland wants to solidify his starting role, he must become a consistent offensive threat. If Isaiah Taylor and Walker/Holland produce from outside the paint, that gives Cameron Ridley more 1-on-1 opportunities, making Texas a better team and much more difficult to defend.
  23. Shaunsters posted the article on the home page of the site but here it is for message board consumption...... Exciting rumor I heard this week related to the Texas basketball program and had 2 trusted sources confirm it to me… Buzz Williams and Billy Donovan have both let (Steve) Patterson or the people around Patterson know that when he’s ready to make a decision on the coaching position, each wants to be let known. Wait, there’s more… Another surprise name (I originally said no way to) has surfaced again on the radar (much like the Saban situation behind the scenes) . This would most likely be a substantial pay raise type of deal if it were to materialize…. Bill Self!!! There has always been a little smoke suggesting Self thought highly of Texas and the program’s resources, but never did I think there was a even a slim chance of him eventually residing in Austin. Especially after the Andrew Wiggins “clown show” that was his recruitment. Never say never, but WOW! I lean toward Billy Donovan and Bill Self looking for a pay raise, but this site is for the fans. Our job is to let you know of the rumors and smoke that are circulating and rising behind the scenes. Here is a relevant question to consider: What if Rick Barnes Barnes leads this team deep into the NIT or earns an NCAA bid? What happens then? Barnes is back to his old ways – he’sactually coaching and putting kids in spots to win. If he does this the rest of the year with a young squad, you have to give him one more year. But if Barnes turns back to his post KD/DJ ways, very hard headed, no imagination, no creativity. He will have to be fired. Also a note – I was waiting on confirmation from another buddy of mine, but look for Texas to make a STRONG push in the recruitment of DJ Hogg (Plano,TX) . If you don’t know DJ Hogg, just YouTube him and stare. He is a 6’6 athletic, gifted and soon to be 5-star kid from Texas. Hogg was once considered a Baylor or OSU sure thing…. It was recently mentioned that schools like Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA are teams pushing hard for him, but from what I am hearing from some, Texas is considered the leader (unlike King McClure). Hogg is a a lights-out shooter with deep range and Texas needs to land him or McClure to hallmark the recruiting class. Make no mistake, Hogg is “loving him some Texas,” which is great news for Horns fans. Along with Tyler Davis who I mentioned on the message board, he’s a 5-star center (Liberty,TX). All the aforementioned are Texas Titans teammates. Landing 2 or 3 of these kids would be big for Rick Barnes and Texas as they are elite kids. One side note on all of these players – watch out for SMU! Anytime you have WWW leading the charge and Larry Brown giving him the ok, you have to be careful not to get to excited. But Hogg is the one kid that truly loves Texas! –Shaunsters