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  1. After defeating Iowa State tonight the #4 ranked Texas Women's Basketball team is a perfect 14-0. With the win over the Cyclones, the program notched win #995 all-time. Notably, only four Division I programs have recorded 1,000+ wins: Tennessee (1,286), Louisiana Tech (1,064), James Madison (1,025) and Old Dominion (1,002). Texas is knocking on the door. Aston has proven to be a fantastic hire for Texas.
  2. Article by Taylor Smith, HornSports Contributing Author The University of Baylor travels to the Frank Erwin Center Sunday to challenge Texas’ undefeated record. The No. 6/7 Bears are 17-1 on the season and 4-1 in Big 12 play. They barely scratched by West Virginia University at home Tuesday night with a 69-64 win. Baylor’s only loss came against Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, 45-52 – the same Oklahoma State team that Texas beat 78-48. The No. 4 Longhorns recently beat Kansas 75-38. Texas jumped out to a 17-0 lead against the Jayhawks in the first quarter and never looked back. Senior guard Empress Davenport scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, recording her first career double-double. Head coach Karen Aston received her 175th career victory. Texas’ key to victory in its conference games so far has been gaining a lead early. The Longhorns have only trailed a total of 16 seconds in all five conference games combined. “We start fast, and it starts with our defense,” senior guard Celina Rodrigo told texassports.com. Against Kansas, junior guard Briana Taylor recorded five steals, giving her a new career-high. The Longhorns as a team stole the ball four times and forced six turnovers before Kansas made a basket. Baylor will be Texas toughest opponent in Big 12 play so far; however, the Longhorns did face three ranked opponents during non-conference play. The Bears average 79.3 points per game but only 64.4 points during Big 12 play. All-American junior forward Nina Davis and junior guard Alexis Jones lead Baylor in scoring. Davis averages 16.6 points per game, and Jones 14.6 points. Texas key to victory against the Bears would be to stop Davis and/or Jones. The Mountaineers held Davis to 6 points, but Jones scored 20. Baylor only won by 5 points. Against Oklahoma State, the Bears only loss, Davis scored 18 points, and Jones was held to five. Texas averages 75.0 points per game and is winning conference games by an average of 24.6 points. Senior center Imani Boyette continues to lead the Longhorns in scoring, averaging 12.9 points per game. Sophomore guard Brooke McCarty comes in second with an average of 10.9 points, and sophomore guard Ariel Atkins comes off the bench, averaging 9.4 points a game. On the defensive side, Texas continues to outrebound its opponents. The Longhorns average 44.38 rebounds per game, led by Boyette who averages 9.6 boards. Texas outrebounds its opponents by an average of 13.0 rebounds per game. Baylor will put Texas’ rebounding to the test. The Bears average 46.1 rebounds per game and outrebound opponents by 15.9 boards. Freshman post player Beatrice Mompremier averages 6.3 rebounds a game, leading the Bears. Junior post Khadijiah Cave averages 6.0. Texas leads the all-time series record, 57-32, between the two schools. But, Baylor has won the last 11 meetings. The last time the Longhorns beat the Bears was in 2010 in Waco with a score of 70-54. Texas will look to extend their undefeated record and end their losing streak against Baylor on Sunday. Tip-off is set for 2:30 CT on ESPN2.
  3. http://www.hornsports.com/wire/articles/javan-felix-buzzer-beater-wins-shae-pepplers-best-visual-effects-award-r231
  4. Story via Taylor Smith, HornSports Contributor The University of Texas women’s basketball team remains a perfect 10-0, with one non-conference game left before Big 12 play. The No. 5/6 Longhorns beat Arkansas, 61-50, on Dec. 20 in the Big 12-SEC Challenge with junior guard Briana Taylor scoring a team-high 15 points and grabbing a game-high nine rebounds. The win against the Razorbacks also marked Texas’ 24thconsecutive win against regular-season non-conference opponets. Last season the Longhorns started 14-0 but finished Big 12 play 9-9. Injuries hurt Texas last season, especially when then-senior forward Nneka Enemkpali tore her ACL against Baylor in the sixth conference game of the season. The Longhorns went through a rough patch, losing four straight games in February. But they rallied late in the season and advanced to the Big 12 championship game before losing to then-No. 6/7 Baylor to earn a ticket to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship. This season the Longhorns hope for a different outcome in Big 12 play. “There are a lot of mature players who have been through league play and have been through postseason play,” head coach Karen Aston told The Daily Texan. “So they have a good understanding of the fact that you have to keep getting better and there are challenges to everyting.” Senior center Imani Boyette and senior guard Celina Rodrigo have started every game this season. Boyette is averaging 24.6 minutes and 12.4 points per game. Last season, Boyette made only eight starts and averaged 18.0 minutes a game. Rodrigo is averaging 26.9 minutes and 6.8 points per game. Last season, Rodrigo started 16 games, including all three of the NCAA postseason games. She is a three-year starter at Texas. Sophomore guard Brooke McCarty and senior guard Empress Davenport each have started nine of the 10 games this season. McCarty is averaging 30.4 minutes and 12.6 points per game. Last season, McCarty started 15 games, including 11 conference games. She was the only Longhorn to play in all 35 games of the 2014-15 season, averaging 23.2 minutes a game. Davenport is averaging 24.5 minutes and 7.6 points per game. Last season, Davenport played in 33 of the games, starting in 20 of them. She averaged 24.0 minutes a game. Along with Texas’ perfect season so far, one Longhorn is breaking UT records. Boyette recorded her 1,000th point of her career at Texas in the fourth game of the season against Hampton. Currently, Boyette owns 1,080 points, making her 34th on Texas’ all-time scoring list. Boyette has also recorded 223 blocks, placing her fourth on Texas’ all-time blocks list. When the Naismith Trophy released its early-season watch list, Boyette’s name appeared on the list. Texas last non-conference game is Dec. 27 against Sam Houston State in Austin, Texas.
  5. Just announced on Twitter. He's out with a broken foot indefinitely. This is not good news. Ugh.
  6. Clearly an Adidas video ... nice ... for those of you who wonder why there is not much mention of Texas, listen to his voice, consider who the video might be made for ... besides, it is not always about us. Still, I remember me some great games watching Royal. http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:14368436
  7. "Ridley earns Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Player of the Week honors Senior center claims league’s weekly accolade for the second time in his career. IRVING, Texas — University of Texas senior center Cameron Ridley was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. The voting was conducted by a panel of media covering Big 12 men's basketball. This marked Ridley's second career Big 12 weekly accolade, as he previously earned the honor during his sophomore season on Jan. 27, 2014. In UT's two wins this past week, Ridley posted a pair of double-doubles and averaged 14.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 6.5 blocks per game while converting 14-of-26 (.538) field goals. In Tuesday's home victory against Appalachian State (Dec. 15), he nearly recorded the second triple-double in program history (Reggie Freeman in 1996) with 19 points, 11 rebounds and school single-game record 9 blocks. The 9 blocks topped the previous game mark of 8, shared by Chris Owens (Nov. 15, 2000) and Chris Mihm (Feb. 5, 2000). During Saturday's win at Stanford (Dec. 19), Ridley tallied 10 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots. For the year, Ridley leads the team in rebounding (10.0 rpg), blocks (37, 3.4 bpg) and field goal percentage (.632, 60-of-95) and ranks second in scoring (12.7 ppg). He has posted five double-doubles through the first 11 contests. Ridley ranks nationally in several individual stat categories through games of Dec. 20: fourth in total blocks (37), sixth in blocked shots per game (3.36), 19th in field goal percentage (.632), 20th in total rebounds (110), 21st in both double-doubles (5) and offensive rebounds per game (4.0), 27th in rebounds per game (10.0). Ridley and the Longhorns (8-3) return to action with a home game against Connecticut on Tuesday, Dec. 29. Tip is set for 8 p.m. Central at the Frank Erwin Center, and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN2." Linky
  8. Burnt Orange Nation has a good preview of the Longhorn/Stanford game tomorrow night ... "Texas at Stanford Basketball Preview By Peter Bean Texas Longhorns (7-3) at Stanford Cardinal (5-3) Saturday, December 19, 2015 | 10:30 pm CT | TV: ESPN2 After a successful five-game home stand that included narrow victories over a dangerous UT-Arlington squad and a Final Four contender in UNC, Texas will hit the road to take on Stanford on Saturday night. Hoops fans may remember last year's match up with the Cardinal in Austin, when the Longhorns -- playing without injured PG Isaiah Taylor -- were picked off on their home floor by the red hot shooting of seniors Anthony Brown and Chasson Randle, who combined for 47 of the team's 74 points, including 7 of 12 from three-point range. A collapse down the back stretch of the schedule last year bumped the Cardinal off the NCAA Tournament bubble into the NIT, but they made the most of it, winning five straight games to win the tournament. But after losing both Brown and Randle to graduation, Stanford hasn't been able to build off that momentum. The Cardinal are 5-3 overall so far, but are just 1-3 record against KenPom Top 100 teams, managing a neutral-floor win over No. 88 Arkansas but suffering double-digit losses to No. 19 SMU, No. 42 St. Mary's, and No. 4 Villanova in succession. Texas represents Stanford's last shot at a Top 50 non-con win, and the Pac 12, which looks like a 2- or 3-bid league at this point, won't provide much resume help. Winning the NIT is nice and all, but that's not the tournament you want to be playing in and -- if we're being honest -- it's kind of baffling that Cardinal head coach Johnny Dawkins has even made it to year eight. Consider the fact that Texas just fired its most successful coach ever after he led the Horns to the NCAA Tournament for a 16th time in his 17 seasons, and the fact that in seven seasons as the head coach at Stanford, Dawkins has led the Cardinal to the Big Dance exactly one time. And that Stanford made the NCAA Tournament in 13 of the 14 seasons prior to Dawkins' arrival. Maybe Dawkins has photos of Stanford AD Bernard Muir with a dead hooker in his bed or something, but otherwise he probably ought to get his team into the Tourney if he wants to keep his job. On the bright side for Dawkins, this Stanford roster is good enough to earn a Tourney bid, the loss of Brown and Randle to graduation notwithstanding. Although their play hasn't consistently reflected it yet this season, in terms of quality depth, Stanford's top eight in the rotation have some promise. The Cardinal roster is a reasonably experienced one, and -- importantly -- one with enough size to play with Texas. In the backcourt, 6-4 senior Christian Sanders starts at the point, flanked by 6-1 junior Marcus Allen and 6-9 senior swingman Rosco Allen, while the frontcourt is anchored by sophomores Travis Reid (6-8, 245) and Michael Humphrey (6-9, 220), a pair of quietly effective forwards who contribute value across the box score. Stanford's rotation goes nine deep, with 6-5 sophomore Dorian Pickens providing a three-point threat off the bench and 6-1 junior Malcolm Allen offering a handful of minutes of relief at the point. For the Cardinal are to reach their potential this season, however, they'll need continued improvement from emerging freshmen contributors Marcus Sheffield, a good athlete who can get to the rim and finish or draw fouls, and Cam Walker, a 6-7 forward with a developed skill set who's still adjusting tot he size and speed of the college game. Both teams enter this contest on encouraging win streaks, and while the Longhorns are on the road, this is a true road match up that they can win if they're on point. Here's what I'll be watching for on Saturday night: 1. Can Javan Felix be effective against Stanford's perimeter players? Texas has a bit of a size advantage on the interior, but Stanford's length on the perimeter could prove to be a very tough match up for the Longhorns' sharpshooting Ewok. Felix should be okay when he's tasked with guarding the 6-1 Marcus Allen, but Shaka Smart may have to match substitutes when the Cardinal bring Dorian Pickens in off the bench for Allen. When that happens, Stanford's backcourt will be comprised of 6-4 point Christian Sanders, the 6-5 Pickens, and 6-9 Rosco Allen -- a trio of players who excel at putting it on the deck and drawing whistles. That's a tough defensive assignment for Felix. That challenge may well extend to the other end of the floor, as well. If the tempo of this game plays at the deliberate pace favored by Stanford, Texas won't have the same open court opportunities that North Carolina offered and will be forced to succeed operating in the halfcourt. That won't be easy against Stanford's l-o-n-g perimeter players, who play an aggressive, disruptive style of defense that focuses on ball denial and tight man guarding that extends to 25 feet. That's the type of defense where we've seen Felix struggle in the past, and while Felix has been terrific through the first 10 games of the season, it will be interesting to see how he responds to the challenge on Saturday night, and how Smart manages his minutes if he's ineffective. 2. Who steps up for Texas on the perimeter? Stanford isn't a great shooting or offensive rebounding team, but they have been thoroughly exceptional in one regard: getting to the free throw line. Through 8 games the Cardinal have been ridiculously effective at earning free throw attempts. They don't even shoot them very well (just 65% on the year so far), but the sheer volume of attempts is significant enough that Stanford is scoring 26% of its points from the charity stripe. Having said that, let's imagine that Felix finds himself neutralized by Stanford's length and Isaiah Taylor winds up limited by foul trouble for parts of the game. Maybe it won't be much of an issue and we'll see Taylor and Felix play 30-35 minutes of effective basketball, but in the scenario where the contributions from those two are limited, who steps up for Texas on the perimeter? We know both Kerwin Roach and Demarcus Holland are viable candidates for minutes with their size and defense, but neither player has gotten much going on the offensive end yet this year. Eric Davis is probably the most likely candidate to pick up the slack, and y'all know how I feel about him... I won't blink if he drops 25 and delivers an MVP performance. He is, however, a freshman, and plays in the mortal division (i.e. he's not Kevin Durant), so neither would it be shocking to see him score 5 points on 2-12 shooting. If Texas' three starters have a quiet night, and Roach/Holland continue to be one-sided assets, where's the perimeter scoring going to come from? This may be the game where we see how much value a healthy Kendal Yancy is ready to contribute as a sophomore (he's been great in limited action, mostly against secondary competition). We may also get to see how much Shaka Smart trusts Tevin Mack at this stage in his freshman season. And call it a hunch, but something tells me Mack makes some important contributions on Saturday. We may need him to. 3. Can Texas capitalize on its frontcourt advantages? Just as the Cardinal backcourt presents some challenges for Texas, the Longhorns deeper, bigger, more experienced frontcourt has similar potential to provide a meaningful advantage. Given a choice between the two, I'd prefer the backcourt advantage, if only because collegiate players -- even the ones on the very best teams -- really struggle to execute interior offense with real consistency. With that said, Cam Ridley is challenging that thesis in his senior year, having developed into a ruthlessly efficient force in the paint. Part of it is the way Cam himself is playing, but part of it owes to improved offensive sets in Shaka Smart's offense, which I have been very impressed with as we've seen it develop over the first 10 games of the year. Ridley can continue his powerful play against Stanford's forwards, but the make-or-break factor may well be on the perimeter, involving the match ups we just discussed. If Stanford's perimeter defense succeeds in disrupting Texas' ability to execute its halfcourt sets, we're going to wind up with a lot of dribbling, one-on-one offense and contested jumpers. That's a bad recipe in any circumstance, but doubly so on the road. I'll be watching carefully to see how successful Texas is in using Stanford's aggression against itself by drawing whistles and getting to the line. If we succeed in that objective, I like our chances to win. Prediction: I'm genuinely torn on this one. My head likes the Longhorns in this one, and I can see pretty clearly what the path to victory looks like for us -- and won't be surprised if we play sharp and do what needs to be done. With that being said... my gut is much less confident about that proposition. I'm finding it hard not to give in to the skeptical take, which sees Stanford's perimeter length, the team's recent improvement, and home court providing an ultimately decisive advantage. But my head won't quite allow it. My head sees a Texas team with superior personnel, more depth, better coaching, and encouraging momentum. We haven't broken through away from the Erwin Center yet this year, but that changes on Saturday night. Texas 73 Stanford 67"
  9. Nice video ... http://www.burntorangenation.com/2015/12/18/10595010/watch-texas-longhorns-2015-basketball-hype-video
  10. Texassports.com(Linky) has a good write up of last night's game against Appalachian State. Ridley leads Men's Basketball past Appalachian State, 67-55 Senior center nearly records second triple-double in program history with 19 points, 11 rebounds and school-record 9 blocks. by Sam Schelfhout, Texas Media Relations "AUSTIN, Texas – Senior center Cameron Ridley nearly posted the second triple-double in program history with 19 points, 11 rebounds and a school single-game record nine blocks to lead the Longhorns past Appalachian State 67-55 at the Frank Erwin Center on Tuesday night. Ridley was just one block shy of joining Reggie Freeman in the school's triple-double club, as Freeman recorded 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists at TCU on Feb. 11, 1996. Ridley's nine blocks topped the previous school record of eight, shared by Chris Owens (Nov. 15, 2000 vs. California) and Chris Mihm (Feb. 5, 2000 at Massachusetts). He scored 17 of his team-high 19 points in the second half and converted 9-of-17 field goals in 31 minutes played. Senior guard Javan Felix added 14 points and became the 35th player in UT history to reach the 1,000 career point milestone. Junior guard Isaiah Taylor recorded 12 points and a team-high seven assists for the Longhorns (7-3). Frank Eaves scored a game-high 20 points and added six rebounds and five assists for Appalachian State (2-7). The Mountaineers received a strong performance from their bench players, as they contributed 27 points in the team's loss. Both teams started the first half slow, with Texas taking a 4-2 lead into the first media timeout at the 15:47 mark. Appalachian State surged to a 17-11 lead with 9:33 left in the first half, but the Longhorns would use a 17-3 run over the next 5:11 and closed the half with a 34-27 advantagel. The Texas defense held Appalachian State starters to 15-percent shooting from the field (3-of-20) and out-blocked the Mountaineers 8-1, including five swats from Ridley in the opening stanza. Texas was able to build a 10-point lead (42-32) following a layup from Felix at the 16:54 mark, but the Mountaineers would not let down. Eaves scored the team's next 12 points, following 4-of-4 conversions from beyond the arc, and helped Appalachian State close the lead to 48-46 with 10:06 remaining. The Mountaineers finished the game shooting 60-percent (12-of-20) from 3-point land. The Mountaineers tied the game at 48 with 9:29 left following a pair of free throws from Jacob Lawson. From there the Longhorns were able to pull away by holding the Mountaineers to a scoring drought over the next 7:54. Ridley took control and scored 11 points on a 15-0 Texas run to seal the victory. The Texas defense was stellar, holding its opponent to 30-percent shooting from the floor (18-of-60) and outrebounding the Mountaineers, 50-38. The Longhorns were physical in the paint, bringing down 20 offensive rebounds and outscoring Appalachian State 36-6 in the paint. The Longhorns' 15 blocks also set a new school record for the most team blocks in a game. The Longhorns will hit the road for their first true road game of the season and will take on the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday, Dec. 19. Tip is set for 10:30 p.m. Central at Maples Pavilion, and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN2. Texas Basketball Postgame Notes Texas 67, Appalachian State 55 December 15, 2015 Frank Erwin Center (Austin, Texas) Attendance: 10,529 Team Notes Texas set a team single-game record for most blocked shots (15). The previous school record was 14, twice (14 vs. Kansas State on March 7, 2015; 14 at Kansas on Feb. 28, 2015). UT improved to 197-26 at the Erwin Center in the last 14 seasons (dating back to the start of the 2002-03 season). Texas is 6-0 at home this year. Texas posted a +12 rebound margin (50-38), including a 20-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. UT recorded a 36-6 advantage in points in the paint. Texas committed fewer than 10 turnovers (9) for the second straight contest. UT set a team season low for turnovers with 8 in Saturday's win against No. 3/3 North Carolina. The 1989-90 Texas Basketball team that advanced to the NCAA "Elite Eight" was honored during halftime. Eric Davis, Jr. Set a season high in rebounds (6) Javan Felix With his 3-pointer at the 4:04 mark of the first half, Felix became the 35th player in program history to record at least 1,000 career points. He now has 1,007 points in 109 career games played. Reached double figures in scoring (14 points) for the seventh time this year and 50th time in his career (109 games) Prince Ibeh Set a season high in rebounds (8) and blocked shots (4) in 14 minutes of work. Cameron Ridley Was just one block shot shy of becoming the second player in program history to record a triple-double (19 points, 11 rebounds, 9 blocks). Reggie Freeman (22 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists at TCU on Feb. 11, 1996) is the only Longhorn to have recorded a triple-double. Set a UT single-game record with 9 blocked shots. Previous mark was 8, shared by Chris Owens (8 vs. California on Nov. 15, 2000) and Chris Mihm (8 at Massachusetts on Feb. 5, 2000). Recorded his fourth double-double of the year and 17th of his career (112 games). Scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half. Reached double figures in scoring for the eighth time this season and 40th time in his career Reached double figures in rebounds (11) for the sixth time this season and 25th time in his career Isaiah Taylor Reached double figures in scoring (12 points) for the seventh time this season and 51st time in his career (69 games) Kendal Yancy Set a season high in scoring (7 points) in 14 minutes of action Post Game Quotes Texas Head Coach Shaka Smart On the team's response to success and adversity: Just okay. It's human nature but you have to be better than human nature if you want to be a great team. The number one difference between Saturday and tonight is that Saturday we played almost completely for Texas, and tonight I think there were some other things that crept in. And again, that's human nature, so I get it. But if we want to be the best we can be, we have to all play for Texas. We have to clear our minds 1,000 percent for our process and our plan and our teammates and only focus on that. I don't think it was terrible, but it wasn't the same as North Carolina. In that game our guys decided, 'Wow, we better stick together and do this with each other and pull for each other and play for each other if we want to win.' And we won. Tonight, I don't think there was that strong of a collective decision. I think that's normal but if you want to be great, and if you want to do the things that we say we want to do, then you can't be normal. It's not normal to win a championship. That's why only one team does it in the whole league. It's not normal to do special things. Otherwise, it wouldn't be special. It would be normal. On whether it finally clicked to the players that they needed to step up tonight: No question. It clicked a couple of times in the game. We have very conscientious guys. They are good guys and they want to win. They want to please. There were a few different times out there when it clicked. The challenge is sustaining it over the course of several minutes. We didn't do a particularly good job of that. On calling on Cameron Ridley a lot: Yes, why not? He's by far our best option on the offensive end right now. Short of the free throws, that's an area where he obviously has to get better, but outside of that he's been phenomenal. I thought the best play he had tonight was the one where he missed and then tipped it and tipped it again and it went in. That is what we call multiple efforts. Cam felt like coming into the season that he needed to get better with multiple efforts, and he still does, but he has really made progress. But that play right there, that was one that he wasn't making in October when practice started. He has gotten better. On Ridley only getting better: He has definitely made some strides. Tonight, I thought between him and Prince [ibeh], they really saved us on a lot of possessions. Our perimeter guys should give them a big hug, because those guys saved the day multiple times. We just have to get better. We appreciate those blocks, but we can't depend on that all the time Texas Senior Center Cam Ridley On the one-handed alley-oop dunk from Isisah Taylor in the last minutes of the game: I don't feel like I jumped high enough. I think it was a really good pass to me. I didn't really expect it actually. I am glad he trusted me to throw that up there for me. On consistently going to him in the last plays called in the game: Yeah for the most part. They stopped double teaming me in the second half, so it really freed me up and I was able to capitalize on that. On being so close to a triple double tonight: They told me that when we went into the last TV timeout, and then the other team started shooting threes. On considering yourself a shot blocker: I am in a better place physically to be able to block shots the way I am. It's been a part of my game since high school, so nothing has changed. But I feel better. I feel more bouncier this year. I am more athletic than I was in the past. Texas Senior Guard Javan Felix On continuously giving Cameron Ridley the ball: We noticed it and then Coach did a really good job calling the plays in the second half. Like Cam said, they stopped double teaming him because they realized in the first half that they left us open for shots. Cam did a really good job passing the ball from the post. They stopped that, and then Cam just took over the game. On the performance in the first half: I don't think we came out at our full potential in the first half. That's just something that is unacceptable. The things that are of sheer effort, we didn't do in the first half. We picked it up a little in the second half, but we know that we didn't do our best tonight. On reaching the 1,000-point career mark tonight: To be honest, I never even thought about it. It never once crossed my mind until a few weeks ago when I knew that I was 40 points away. It never crossed my mind before I got here, or even when I was here until recently. Appalachian State Head Coach Jim Fox Opening Statement: Congratulations to Texas, obviously a very good basketball team. I thought they really dictated defensively, and they really had us on our heels for most of the game. Obviously [Cameron] Ridley's ability to block shots really bothered our shot selection. We settled for too many jumpers. We didn't really have our attack that we normally do. I think [Ridley] really wore us out at the end. They kept going to him, and we defended him well for about 35 minutes and then the last couple of minutes he really took over. Congratulations to [Texas], and we're looking forward to going home and playing Saturday. On if he was surprised the game was close: No. We're not the same team that our record indicates. We've played a very challenging schedule. I thought our game plan was one that would give us a chance to win. So I was not at all surprised that the game was close. On if his players were hesitant playing against the Longhorn defense: No doubt. That's a credit to [Texas]. Our game, we get to the foul line and we go inside out. We made 18 field goals, and 12 of them were threes, and that's a credit obviously to that defense. At the beginning of the game, we had great looks and were able to get to the rim, and we missed them. They're Division I basketball players, so they can make lay-ups. I think, in their heads, a lot of our young guys really rushed their shots. Again, that's a credit to their ability to defend and their size."
  11. Texas picks up commitment from high 4-star guard Andrew Jones By Jon Nemec Earlier this afternoon, Texas and Shaka Smart picked up the commitment of guard Andrew Jones from Irving MacArthur high school in the Dallas area. Jones picked Texas from a slew of other powerhouse basketball programs such as Texas A&M, Arizona, Kansas, Louisville, Baylor and more. At 6’4, Jones is listed as a combo guard on many ranking services and is a top 5 player in the state. 247Sports has him as the first 4-star player just missing the cut to be a 5-star. The combo guard designation means that he has the skill set and ability to play both at the point or as the off guard. A quick cursory glace at some of his highlights reveals a high end athletic tool. He’s fast up and down the court with out without the ball, and he has great jumping ability and throws down dunks with authority. Jones also the ability to drain the three ball. Whether it’s off his own dribble for a pull up or on the receiving end of a pass. Jones’ senior film and highlights should come out over the summer so we will be able to do a much more in-depth break down of his whole game. Shaka Smart is off to a great start with his very first recruiting class at Texas. Getting Jones on board now definitely removes some of the sting of losing out on De’Aaron Fox. After bringing in a trio of instant contributors last year, Smart is off to another good start with the elite talent in the nation. This post has been promoted to an article
  12. Article by Taylor Smith, HornSports contributor The University of North Carolina presents the Texas Longhorns with their toughest challenge of the basketball season so far. Texas is 5-3 overall but holds an undefeated record at home, 4-0. Playing overseas did not fare well with the Longhorns this year. Texas lost to Washington in China and two out of its three games in the Bahamas. Since returning, Texas is 3-0. The Longhorns defeated their last opponent, UTSA, 116-50, the eighth-largest margin of victory in school history. UNC travels to Austin for the Saturday game ranked third, riding a four-game win streak. The Tar Heels recently beat then-No. 2 Maryland at home, 89-81 on Dec. 1. UNC was ranked No. 9 before the matchup against the Terrapins. The Tar Heels started the season No. 1 but lost to Northern Iowa in their fourth game of the season. The Tar Heels hold a 7-1 overall record. Texas players and coaches know beating UNT presents a tough task. “It’s certainly not going to be easy, but I think for our guys they’re excited to come out and play and see what we can do,”head coach Shaka Smart said after the UTSA game Tuesday night. The players on this Texas team have never lost to UNC. The last time these two schools faced each other was the 2013-14 season in Chapel Hill, and Texas left North Carolina with an 86-83 victory. The only 2015-16 Tar Heel to have beaten Texas is junior guard Stilman White, who did so in the 2011-12 season as a freshman before he left on a two-year Mormon Mission. Texas is 6-3 all-time against UNC, having won the last two meetings and six of the last seven. UNC head coach Roy Williams is 1-4 against Texas while coaching at UNC, but he is 7-5 overall, including his stint at Kansas. The Longhorns will need to find a way to stop the Tar Heel’s senior guard Marcus Paige in order to keep their win streak alive. Paige returned to action on Dec. 1 against Maryland after watching the first six games of the season on the bench due to a broken bone in his right hand. Paige scored 20 points in his debut and received Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Week honors. Paige started the year as preseason Atlantic Cost Conference co-player of the year. Texas is also coming off a high of its own. The Longhorns shot 65 percent against UTSA. Five players finished the game with double-figures in scoring. Senior center Cameron Ridley led the way with 19 points, and freshman guard Tevin Mack scored a career-high 17 points. The Longhorns need that confidence and rhythm to carry over to Saturday. In the Tar Heels’ eight games of the season, they shot 50 percent or better in five of them. Tip off is set for 4:15 CT on ESPN.
  13. They are up on the Volunteers 36-26 in the 2nd half.. Game is on ESPN
  14. https://sports.yahoo.com/news/guy-v-lewis-coach-phi-slama-jama-teams-184449126--ncaab.html;_ylt=A0LEV0a.3ldWX7cAnCRXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEyYzlkZzBnBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDQjExNjBfMQRzZWMDc2M- Guy V. Lewis, coach of Phi Slama Jama teams, dies at 93 HOUSTON (AP) -- Former University of Houston men's basketball coach Guy V. Lewis, best known for leading the Phi Slama Jama teams of the 1980s, has died. He was 93. He died at a retirement facility in Kyle, Texas, on Thanksgiving morning surrounded by family, the school said Thursday. Lewis coached the Cougars for 30 years. He guided Houston to back-to-back NCAA title games in 1983 and '84 but never won the national championship, losing to N.C. State in the 1983 final on Lorenzo Charles' last-second shot, one of the NCAA Tournament's greatest upsets and most memorable plays. ''It feels awful,'' Lewis said after that game. ''I've never lost a game that didn't feel that way, but this one was terrible.'' Lewis, who helped lead the integration of college basketball in the South by recruiting Elvin Hayes and Don Chaney to Houston, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. Known for plaid jackets and wringing his hands with a red polka-dot towel during games, Lewis compiled a 592-279 record at Houston, guiding the Cougars to 27 consecutive winning seasons from 1959-85. He was honored as the national coach of the year twice (1968 and '83) and led Houston to 14 NCAA Tournaments and five Final Fours. Lewis had mostly avoided the spotlight since retiring in 1986. He suffered a stroke in February 2002 and had used a wheelchair in recent years. View galleryGuy V. Lewis, coach of Phi Slama Jama teams, dies at … FILE - In this April 1, 2011 file photo, former University of Houston basketball coach Guy V. Lewis … He was known for putting together the ''Game of the Century'' at the Astrodome in 1968 between Houston and UCLA. It was the first regular-season game to be broadcast on national television. Houston defeated the Bruins in front of a crowd of more than 52,000, which, at that time, was the largest ever to watch an indoor basketball game. Lewis attended the introductory news conference in December 2007 for Kevin Sumlin, the first black football coach in Houston history. It was a symbolic, significant appearance because Lewis signed Houston's first two black basketball players and some of the first in the region in Hayes and Chaney in 1964, when programs were just starting to integrate. Hayes and Chaney led the Cougars to the program's first Final Four in 1967 but lost to Lew Alcindor's UCLA team in the semifinal game. ''Basketball in the state of Texas and throughout the South is all due to coach Guy V. Lewis,'' Hayes said in 2013. ''He put everything on the line to step out and integrate his program. Not only that, he had vision to say: 'Hey, we can play a game in the Houston Astrodome.' Not only that, he just was such a motivator and such an innovator that created so many doors for the game of basketball to grow.'' Along with Hayes, Lewis also coached fellow All-Americans Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. The three were included on the NBA's Top 50 greatest players list in 1996. Lewis and North Carolina's Dean Smith were the only men to coach three players from that list while they were in college. Players and CBS announcer Jim Nantz lobbied for years for Lewis to get into the Naismith Hall of Fame. When he finally received the honor in 2013 he made a rare public appearance. It was difficult for him to convey his thoughts in words in his later years because of aphasia from his strokes, so his daughter spoke on his behalf at the event to celebrate his induction. ''It's pure joy and we're not even upset that it took so long. ... Dad is used to winning in overtime,'' Sherry Lewis said. Lewis announced his retirement during the 1985-86 season, and the Cougars finished 14-14, his first non-winning season since 1958-59. Guy Vernon Lewis II was born in Arp, a town of fewer than 1,000 residents in northeast Texas. He became a flight instructor for the U.S. Army during World War II and enrolled at the University of Houston in 1946. He joined the basketball team, averaged 21.1 points and led the Cougars to the Lone Star Conference championship. By the early 1950s, he was working as an assistant coach under Alden Pasche and took over when Pasche retired in 1956. Funeral services are pending.
  15. So which Hornsports correspondent will be sent to cover this one? For the first time in a long time, I am really stoked about basketball season. Not ready for football to end, but excited to see ShakaBall.
  16. Article by Jon Nemec The Shaka Smart era unofficially got under way today as Texas defeated Tarleton State 95-61. While it was only an exhibition game meant to knock the rust off before the season opener in Shanghai next week, there is a lot to be excited about if you are a Texas fan. These are the things that really stuck out to me in the exhibition win. Defense There were a multitude of ways the Longhorns applied pressure on the floor. I saw a 2-1-2 full court trap, a two-man pressure and trap, two man pressure, and a single man on ball pressure. Texas has the athletes and guards to pressure all game long and can cycle them through. The defense flew around all night long and made it tough for the Texans to get decent shots off and work it inside. They contested nearly every shot that left an opposing player's hand, and they seemed to know precisely how to operate screens based on the ball handler and the man setting the screen. I thought the bigs did a great job of rebounding. Texas only played two true bigs tonight in Ridley and Ibeh, who both started. Offense If you can shoot you have the green light. And boy does Texas have some shooters. All three freshmen were difference-makers on both sides of the ball, and all can pull it from three. Texas has missed shooters at all three guard spots. It's safe to say they have their bases covered now at guard. There was a lot better motion overall, and Smart doesn’t hesitate to mix up the lineup if things go awry. The three freshmen are going to be players. All can shoot, get to the hole and pass. Notable: Kerwin Roach can fly and Eric Davis can shoot. Same with Tevin Mack. Lastly on the offense side, the Texas bigs looked great. I saw more offense out of Prince Ibeh and Camero Ridley than I have in three years. That should have Texas fans giddy. Lots to work on, but scoring more than 90 points is always impressive. Quick-Hitters Cam and Prince have developed solid post moves. Both can get up and down the floor no problem in this up and down offense Look for Ridley and Ibeh to rim run a lot more We saw a good look at what this offense will be about toward the end of the game when Texas really took control Interesting battle between Kerwin Roach and Isaiah Taylor going forward Who’s the first man off the bench? Shaka Smart won’t be afraid to sit Taylor if he goes into street ball mode The Longhorns open the season on November 13th against the Washington Huskies in Shanghai China.
  17. Article by Jon Nemec, HornSports Contributor As the 2015-2016 basketball season approaches, HornSports basketball recruiting analyst Jon Nemec brings you spotlights of the incoming freshmen. The Shaka Smart era begins with a talented class of freshmen ready to mix with the experienced group of upper classmen already on campus. Saginaw (MI) Arthur Hill guard Eric Davis committed to Texas late in the process, and chose to stay on even after Rick Barnes was dispatched from Austin. Davis is the second guard in the class along with Galena Park - North Shore scorer Kerwin Roach, and the talented combo look to give the Horns more of an outside presence. Film Analysis: Eric Davis is a 6’3 170 pound combo/shooting guard. Right off the bat it is easy to notice his fluid and natural athleticism that pairs well with his basketball skill. He will most likely stick to the shooting guard position, but he can flip over and play point guard when and if needed. He runs the floor very well in fast break situations with or without the ball in his hands however he is most dangerous with the ball. He dribbles fast and with control, and does a great job of lulling a defender to sleep on a fast break before he accelerates past them for a lay-up. He can also pull up on the fast break from the 3-point line and and sink it. Davis is a good shooter from the perimeter. Like Roach, he has a great pace and stroke to his shot, elevating well on the jump and releasing the ball at the highest point. His form has perfect follow through from the pocket of his body straight up to the release. He sometimes has a little bit of a fade or lean in his jump shot, which will help to avoid defenders, but can contribute to misses if it happens too much. It does not seem to happen enough to warrant concern, and a lot of time players’ shots become so grooved that even with a bit of a lean it does not affect their shooting ability. He can make a shot literally from any place on the floor as his range extends past the 3-point line. Davis is very good on the dribble drive to the basket, as he handles the ball well and maintains body control. Like most high school athletes he dribbles high at times, which is an area for future improvement. He has a fantastic array of moves on the drive to get to the rim or pull up for a jumper. He takes the ball strong, takes contact well and finishes more than he misses scoring in the paint. His athleticism is on display when he goes to the paint. Davis has several areas for improvement ahead of him. He will need to work on keeping his handle low and tight and using screens better. He’s a skilled driver and therefore rarely uses screens, but adding a screen game will make him that much more deadly. Davis gets to the lane well but at the college level guys are going to be bigger and taller. He will need to be able to pass out of a drive. Final Verdict: Shaka Smart has a fantastic young guard that can get up and down the floor fast, which is the essence of Davis. With fellow freshman Kerwin Roach, this is great point guard/ shooting guard combo. Smart has a fantastic mix of veteran and young talent that will keep this back court healthy and strong for years to come.
  18. ESPN NCAA Investigating Louisville Book Both Louisville and the NCAA are conducting an investigation regarding a book being released by the Indianapolis Business Journal. In said book, there are allegations of using escorts in their recruitment of players. There will be photos and statements from the escort(s) included in the book. From a Texas perspective, this could be interesting as Louisville AD Tom Jurich is on our short list to fill our vacant AD position. Tom Jurich and Rick Pitino are both denying any knowledge. Andre McGee, a former Louisville Player/Graduate Assistant and Current Director of Basketball Operations is the main focus of the investigation.
  19. Here is a cool story about how Coach Shaka Smart puts his team through Navy Seal training to help build camaraderie and to help them break through "THE WALL". He used the same program while he was coach at Virginia Commonwealth University. (See link here.) DISCLAIMER: I believe that all sources should be attributed, as they are below. There are those who think that stories that are found behind a pay wall should be attributed, perhaps summarized, with a link provided, but not quoted verbatim. To that, I respectfully opine ... BULL HOCKEY! However, in an attempt to assuage the sensitivities of the holders of such "politically correct" misopinions, I would like to point out that if you click on the linky, here, or below you will be afforded ONE free access to ONE story on the Hookem web site - their choice, not mine. If your "politically correct" misopinionations are still uncomfortable with this, please exit this post post-haste and proceed to you your local brick and mortar library, where you may or may not find a paper copy of the Austin American-Statesman for your guilt free perusal of the article. Whatever your choice of consumption ... Enjoy! http://www.hookem.com/story/longhorns-mens-team-bonds-during-navy-seal-training/ "Longhorns men’s team bonds during Navy SEAL training Coach Shaka Smart puts Longhorns through three days of intense training Posted September 28th, 2015 Brian Davis American-Statesman Staff @BDavisAAS John McGuire spent 10 years as a Navy SEAL and the last 17 putting athletes, coaches and everyday people through some of the same rugged training regimens. He spent three days in Austin last week with the Texas men’s basketball team and came away impressed. “I think we left Texas on very positive high note,†McGuire said. “I think you’d have to be blind, deaf or dumb if you were there all three days and didn’t notice a change. People who have been staff members there for years saw things in their players they hadn’t seen before.†Due to NCAA compliance rules, the Longhorns have narrow time windows they can workout during the off season. McGuire said he spent 90 minutes with the players each day. Players had to be there by 6 a.m. and it was non-stop action. UT players still had to attend classes and go through some basketball drills later in the day. McGuire said UT coach Shaka Smart and strength coach Daniel Roose prepared the players ahead of time. But hearing about Navy SEAL training and doing it is something else entirely. “I could tell the trust they have for him is growing,†McGuire said. “They were willing to go into some crazy stuff. We didn’t hurt anybody. We might have scared a few people. But you know what? If you want to be tough, you have to do tough stuff. That’s just the way it is. And I think the toughest team always wins.†On the final day, McGuire filled an inflatable boat with water and 1,000 pounds of ice. Each player had to get into the boat, go face down three times and come back up. This was in addition to taking the players down to Lady Bird Lake and doing other water exercises. “It’s a scary thing if you don’t know how to swim, and it shocks the body because it’s cold,†McGuire said. “But it gets everybody fired up. People think, ‘I did that, and it wasn’t so bad.’ … Usually it’s what’s between our ears that holds us back.†Longhorn Network cameras captured everything to be broadcast when the basketball season gets closer. The season opener is Nov. 13 against Washington in Shanghai, China."
  20. submitted Today, 10:22 AM in Texas Longhorns Basketball By Jon Nemec New HornSports basketball recruiting analyst Jon Nemec will be previewing the new faces coming in to the program, and there’s no better place to start than with the centerpiece of the 2015 class… When Shaka Smart accepted the job to be the new head basketball coach in Austin, his first priority was to secure the recruits that committed to Rick Barnes. Fortunately for Smart, guard Kerwin Roach had no second thoughts on his decision to sign with Texas. Kerwin Roach is a 6’ 3”, 160-pound combo guard out of North Shore High School, in the Houston area. Before I get talking about him, I think it is important to note that Coach Smart was able to keep him in the fold. Greater Houston is a hot bed for talent, and recruited heavily. Smart maintain a strong presence in that part of the state and Roach is a solid start. Roach on offense Roach played primarily at point guard for North Shore, and was the best player and ball handler on the team. He has a great stroke, with range that extends to the 3-point line where he can easily sink open or contested shots. His shot is smooth and has a nice easy pace, meaning that the stroke on his shot has no hitch and it leaves the pocket of his body to release all in one motion. He has great fundamentals, elevating off the ground to get his range and is athletic enough to get his release off over defenders. Lastly, his shot is the same every single time, which means it is well groomed and he is consistent with its form start to finish. Roach sees the court very well and always has his head up as he’s dribbling and navigating through traffic. He passes very well, especially out of pick and roll situations, which maybe his best offensive attribute. He does a good job of finding the open man on dribble drives. His handle, while fundamentally sound, could be an area for improvement. He shows good ball handling and control, while making ball security a priority. Roach has very fundamental handles, and dribbles with purpose and efficiency, but tends to dribble a little high. His quick first step allows him to beat defenders, which ultimately resulted in him being able to get away with dribbling standing up in high school. At point guard, Roach was the best player on the court and maximized his time with the ball. Since he creates for himself and others, it makes the most sense to have your best player with the ball – this is especially true at any level below college. Overall, on offense his bread and butter is the pick and roll where he can do it all. The play gives Roach flexibility: He can come off the screen and shoot a contested or open three (if the defender goes over the ball screen); he can refuse the screen and take his man off the dribble; or he can use the screen and get to the rim. Roach also excels at finding the roll man for an easy bucket or the kickout shot. Roach plays with a controlled, athletic game and is able to excel in all phases of the game. An area for improvement at UT will be getting low and rubbing off screens tightly, which would free him up to attack the opposing defense. Roach on defense North Shore uses a full court press a lot on defense, and Roach serves as the point man. His job is to force an errant pass or a trap situation on the in-bound pass. His speed and athleticism help the pressing defense create havoc. On turnovers he can quickly slash to the goal for an easy dunk or find the cutting teammate on the break. I haven’t been able to find much of his on-ball defense, but expect that he uses his athleticism and quickness to advantage. As a controlled and decisive offensive player, and an athletic defender, Roach is exactly the type of player Shaka Smart needs to help him build a roster. He should be a great addition to Coach Smart’s team.
  21. The Big Monday slate of games for the upcoming basketball season was released today by ESPN and the Longhorns will make three Big Monday appearances - all against ranked preseason teams February 1st: Texas @ #17 Baylor February 8th: Texas @ #8 Oklahoma February 29th: #5 Kansas @ Texas All games start at 8:00 PM CST. Big 12 Big Monday season lineup: Date Game Time January 4 Oklahoma at Kansas 8:00 p.m. CT January 18 Oklahoma at Iowa State 8:00 p.m. CT January 25 Kansas at Iowa State 8:00 p.m. CT February 1 Texas at Baylor 8:00 p.m. CT February 8 Texas at Oklahoma 8:00 p.m. CT February 15 Oklahoma State at Kansas 8:00 p.m. CT February 22 Iowa State at West Virginia 9:00 p.m. ET February 29 Kansas at Texas 8:00 p.m. CT
  22. Posted by Matt Cotcher, in Texas Basketball 09 April 2015 · 21 views On Thursday, new men's basketball head coach Shaka Smart announced the complete staff that will join him at UT. In addition to assistant coaches David Cason, Darrin Horn, and Mike Morrell, Smart chose Daniel Roose to head the strength and conditioning program. Jai Lucas was retained and will serve as the Director of Basketball Operations and Denny Kuiper was named Special Assistant. Courtesy of the UT Sports Information Department, below is brief biographical information on the new staff. (For full bio's, use the link provided in the name.) David Cason Cason served as an assistant coach at VCU during the 2014-15 season. The Rams posted a 26-10 overall record, including a 12-6 mark in the Atlantic 10 Conference and a No. 25 ranking in the final AP poll. VCU captured the 2015 Atlantic 10 Tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round before falling to Ohio State (75-72) in overtime. This marked the program’s first A10 title and ninth overall conference title for VCU. The Rams became the first team since Xavier in 2006 to win four games in four days at the A10 Tournament. Cason worked for three years (2011-14) as an assistant at Vanderbilt under Kevin Stallings and helped the Commodores post a 56-43 (.566) record. Vanderbilt registered a 25-11 mark in 2011-12, won the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Tournament championship for the first time in 60 years (1952) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Third Round. Darrin Horn During his nine seasons as a head coach (2003-12), Horn posted an overall record of 171-111 (.606) and guided his teams to one NCAA Tournament and three Postseason NIT appearances. Every player who completed his eligibility under Horn, both at South Carolina and Western Kentucky, earned his degree. Prior to his hire at Texas, Horn worked for the last three years as a college basketball analyst with ESPN and the SEC Network. Horn spent four years as head coach at South Carolina (2008-12), recording a 60-63 (.488) overall mark and leading the Gamecocks to one Postseason NIT appearance. In his first season (2008-09), he led South Carolina to a 21-10 mark and a Southeastern Conference Eastern Division Co-Championship with a 10-6 league record. The Gamecocks recorded their first 20-win season and made their first postseason appearance (NIT First Round) since 2005-06. Mike Morrell Morrell served as an assistant coach at VCU under Smart for the past two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15), when the Rams posted a 52-19 (.732) overall mark, won the 2015 Atlantic 10 Tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in both years. He was the director of basketball operations at VCU in 2011-12 and 2012-13, when he handled the Rams’ day-to-day operations and oversaw team travel, scheduling and practice schedules. During Morrell’s four seasons at VCU (2011-15), the Rams posted an overall record of 108-35 (.755) and made four NCAA Tournament appearances. VCU was ranked in the final Associated Press poll in 2012-13 (No. 25), 2013-14 (No. 24) and 2014-15 (No. 25), a program first. Daniel Roose Roose served as Director of Sports Performance for Men’s Basketball during each of Smart’s six seasons at VCU (2009-15). The Rams posted an overall record of 163-56 (.744) and made five NCAA Tournament appearances.Prior to his arrival at VCU, Roose spent two years at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (2007-09). He oversaw the strength and conditioning program of all 16 athletic teams for the Braves. Roose served as a graduate assistant at Marshall University for one season (2004-05) and then transitioned into a role as director of strength and conditioning at Marshall for three years (2005-07). He worked directly with the basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball teams, but oversaw and designed training programs for all 15 varsity sports for the Thundering Herd. He also spent one year (2003-04) at Campbell University, serving as the head strength and conditioning coach for the Camels. Jai Lucas Lucas spent the past two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15) as a special assistant on the coaching staff at Texas. In that role, he assisted in all internal operations of the basketball program. Prior to joining the Texas staff, Lucas played three seasons professionally. He played two years in the National Basketball Association Development League (NBA D-League), where he saw action with the Idaho Stampede (2012-13) and the Canton Charge (2013), and one year overseas in Latvia with BK Valmiera in the Baltic Basketball League (2011-12). “I had the opportunity to work with Jai as an assistant coach at Florida, and I was really impressed by his understanding of the game and ability to relate to his teammates at that time,” Smart said. “Fast forward seven-plus years, I’ve been incredibly impressed with him in the short time since I arrived here. Everyone I have talked to, including our players, has spoken glowingly about him and his impact on this program. Jai played here and is from the state of Texas, and he has terrific relationships around Texas. Most importantly, he has phenomenal potential in this profession.” Denny Kuiper Kuiper has spent the previous 14 years as a sports communication consultant, working with several college and high school sports teams and individual coaches to develop positive team chemistry, relationships, trust, open communication and a healthy environment. He assisted coaches and athletes on developing their mental and emotional capacity to become better teams and athletes. Kuiper worked as consultant with VCU’s 2011 Final Four and Marquette’s 2003 Final Four teams. He also took a series of college all-star teams overseas during the summers from 2004-07 to Chile, Slovenia, Austria and Spain. In 2008, he authored the book “Know Yourself as a Coach,” which focuses on developing the mental side of coaching, assessing one’s coaching style, analyzing where one’s strengths and weaknesses lie, and honing one’s people skills. Prior to his time as a consultant and author, Kuiper worked for 30 years as a guidance counselor and coach. He got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, Central Michigan University, in 1971-72. Kuiper served as head coach at Mount Pleasant (Mich.) Sacred Heart High School for three years (1973-76), leading his team to the Class D state championship in 1975.
  23. One of the things that stood out while watching and reading draft coverage on Myles Turner was the number of folks pointing out how many UT players have been high draft picks recently. It was so ubiquitous that it got me thinking: "If UT had first round talent, then what should the season results have been?" In other words, Kentucky, Duke & Wisconsin all had at least 2 players selected in the first 20 picks last night, and they were the last 3 teams standing in the tournament. Given the track record below, what level of finish should Texas have had? 2006: Lamarcus Aldridge (2nd pick) - final result Elite 8 2007: Kevin Durant (2nd pick) - final result 2nd round 2008: DJ Augustin (9th pick) - final result Elite 8 2009: no 1st rounder - final result 2nd round 2010: Avery Bradley (19th pick); Damion James (24th pick) - final result 1st round 2011: Tristan Thompson (4th pick); Jordan Hamilton (26th pick); Cory Joseph (29th pick) - final result 2nd round 2012: no 1st rounder - final result 1st round 2013: no 1st rounder - final result CBI 1st round 2014: no 1st rounder - final result 2nd round 2015: Myles Turner (11th pick) - final result 1st round

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