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  1. In this week's edition of Taking Sides, Sean and I debate who gets the biggest benefit from Myles Turner's commitment.
  2. 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
  3. It appears he took a page out of the Cayleb Jones handbook... Daniel Gibson turns himself in on battery charge Gibson is a free agent after playing 7 seasons for Cleveland.
  4. Hard to believe DJ has been in the NBA for 5 years now already...... Former Texas point guard DJ Augustin signed a deal to play basketball with the Toronto Raptors. He is lights out from the stripe and will make a nice addition at the point for Toronto. 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[TD=align: right]8771[/TD] [TD=align: right]1120[/TD] [TD=align: right]2795[/TD] [TD=align: right].401[/TD] [TD=align: right]417[/TD] [TD=align: right]1126[/TD] [TD=align: right].370[/TD] [TD=align: right]767[/TD] [TD=align: right]880[/TD] [TD=align: right].872[/TD] [TD=align: right]110[/TD] [TD=align: right]545[/TD] [TD=align: right]655[/TD] [TD=align: right]1418[/TD] [TD=align: right]211[/TD] [TD=align: right]14[/TD] [TD=align: right]526[/TD] [TD=align: right]548[/TD] [TD=align: right]3424[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] I prefer to remember him this way: Hook 'Em!
  5. We didn't make the NCAA Tournament this season but one thing is for sure: our players are not stupid. Today the Longhorn basketball team was awarded a Team Academic Excellence Award by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). What is this award you ask? It is given as recognition to teams that earned a cumulative 3.0 or better grade point average. Congrats to the Longhorn Basketball team for the honor but.................. personally I would have rather made the NCAA tournament. Stop studying so much and play some damn basketball!
  6. 4th member of the 2013 class is in the books for Rick Barnes. Well, not in the books yet but a verbal commitment....Walker is from Detroit (Pershing) and looks like he could be a nice pickup for the Horns. Walker is a 3-star shooting guard that stands 6-5 and weighs 175 lbs. Walker had offers from Iowa State, USC and Providence.
  7. Myck announced this morning that he will give up his two years of remaining eligibility with Rick Barnes and Texas and will declare himself eligible for the NBA draft. Nobody should be surprised - and I think it is a good decision for the kid. He is projected to be a late first round/early second round pick and it is probably hard for him to shun the thought of first-round NBA dollars. We lost a lot already with transfers and now it is up to Felix to carry the PG torch for us next season.
  8. Last night we learned that in addition to losing Forward Jaylen Bond to a transfer, the Texas Men's Basketball team will also be losing Shooting Guard Sheldon McClellan as well, as he looks to transfer away from UT. McClellan's transfer should be seen as a red-flag, as he was the team's leading scorer for much of the season until Myck Kabongo returned. McClellan finished the season as the team's second leading scorer and best free-throw shooter, percentage wise. But towards the end of the season, he found himself in the notorious dog-house with Rick Barnes and decided to seek a place that would be a better fit for himself. With these two roster moves already done and possibly another 1 coming in the form of an NBA declaration, below are my initial reactions to the transfer news and thoughts on next season. Snap Judgements Losing McClellan The first name that popped into my head when I heard the news that McClellan would be transferring was Ioannis Papapetrou. When a guy who had as big of an impact in scoring, like McClellan, leaves a roster, that lack of scoring has to be picked up by someone. Though he doesn't always play shooting guard, Papi has the ability to score the ball in a number of ways and I'd love to see him take advantage of this opportunity and be a bigger part of the offense. Losing McClellan can hurt because of the points he put up. But McClellan was basically a jump-shooter. And he wasn't being utilized as best as he could. Before Kabongo hit the floor, the Texas offense revolved around a lot of players who couldn't score in the paint consistently. And that caused the ball to float around the perimeter until the shot-clock ran down and then a player, often McClellan, would be forced to shoot a heavily contested shot. That's not the ideal situation you want to put your shooters in and it was not maximizing his potential. I would have loved to seen McClellan and Kabongo on the floor together much more than they actually were. With Kabongo's ability to drive and dish, McClellan likely could have seen many more open jumpers this past season. Don't forget that Texas has another 6'4" shooting guard committed for the 2013 class. 4-star commit, Demarcus Croaker is on his way to Texas (as long as he stays committed) and will also be competing to fill the void left by Sheldon McClellan. And the fact that he is committed also likely played into McClellan's decision to transfer. In McClellan's mind he probably thought my playing time drastically decreased AND another talented shooting guard is committed, not to mention there are young players on the roster developing... I could see myself getting lost on the roster. You can't blame McClellan for leaving at all. So what about Julien Lewis? That is an interesting question and one I actually am not entirely sure about. Though he was the team's third leading scorer, he struggled to find a consistent role for Texas. He can shoot the ball from outside well, is active and scrappy on defense, but he isn't the best ball-handler. It will be very interesting to see where he lands on the depth chart and what his role will be next season. He played well in the last 4 games Texas had. Losing Bond After being one of the team's best rebounders last season, Bond never fully regained his dominance after he returned from his ankle injuries. Though he also provided some solid minutes here and there, the transition to a team without Bond had already begun as other players began eating into his minutes. Conner Lammert will continue to be a Barnes favorite and see playing time. He always seems to make the right play and his scoring improved a bit as the season went on. But Lammert is not the rebounder Bond was, and Texas' lack of rebounding is one reason they struggled as much as they did this past season. A couple of players need to step up in the rebounding department. His height and weight are almost identical to Jaylen Bond, but Jonathan Holmes' game is actually a bit different. Before his wrist injury, Holmes was a monster around the basket grabbing rebounds. But the similarities stop there between Bond and Holmes as Holmes displayed better scoring ability than Bond ever did. With the improved 3-point shot, Holmes his a physical forward that can score down low or step out for a three. Had he not been injured, I actually think he would have seriously flirted with the idea of declaring for the NBA. But UT fans should expect Holmes to be back next season, and there's no question he could be an impact player for the Horns on both ends of the floor. Camron Ridley undoubtedly did not have the season many of us expected. Once considered a 5-star before he hit the 40 acres, Ridley was never able to establish himself in the paint as a dominant presence. Though he did show some flashes of skill, his offensive game has to elevate past dunks and he has to be a better defender and rebounder if Texas wants to see any improvement in the paint. His biggest problem was being out of position too often. With how big he is, he should be able to control the paint with ease. Though he didn't have as much hype surrounding him as Ridley did, the 6'10" big man may be the best NBA prospect currently on the UT roster outside of Myck Kabongo. If anyone can pick up the rebounding slack, Ibeh should be very capable of doing so. He has nice athleticism to go along with his height and he needs to be a bigger presence protecting the rim and fighting for rebounds. IF Kabongo leaves... With Kabongo sitting the first 2/3 of the season, we saw what Javan Felix can do and what he can't do. He is a guy who can handle the ball well and run an offense decently. But unlike Kabongo, he lacks the ability to drive into the lane like many points guards today can. And with a team that is scarce is scoring around the paint, that can really hinder the ability of the offense. I like Felix and think he can give solid minutes. But the way this Texas team is built requires a point guard that can get into the lane, push the ball up the floor on fast breaks, and make plays. Felix hasn't shown he's the ideal guy for that role. Like Lewis, I'm very interested to see where Demarcus Holland fits in next year. Originally thought to be a red-shirt, Holland was forced to play this season once Kabongo was suspended. I like the effort he gives on the floor, but he's not a natural at either shooting guard or point guard. And if he wants to see his playing time increase rather than decrease, he will have to find his niche. That could come in the form of a tireless defender. Or if he improves his ball-handling, he could develop into an option at point guard that has the ability to slash to the basket. Either way, Holland's off-season will be all about finding a consistent role and developing certain skills. If Isaiah Taylor stays committed, I'm not entirely sure where he will fit in on the depth chart his first year. If Kabongo leaves, Texas will desperately need a guy who can push the ball up the floor and get to the rim in the half-court offense. If he can do that, the Taylor may play more than expected. Otherwise, I wouldn't expect him to see a ton of minutes barring injuries. Final Thoughts There's a lot of time between now and the start of next season. And Texas does have depth all across the roster. But if the team wants to improve certain players will have to step up in certain ways, mainly with interior scoring and rebounding. Otherwise Texas could be in store for another mediocre campaign much like the 2012-2013 season.
  9. Shooting Guard Demarcus Croaker from Jones High School in Orlando, FL has committed to play basketball at The University of Texas. Croaker is 6-4, 175 lbs and is lightning quick with a fantastic touch on the ball and good range. Will be interesting to see how he is used by Barnes at Texas. He is a versatile player to say the least. Highlight tape on Croaker:
  10. Texas was embarrased tonight in Lawrence, to put it lightly, and they lose 73-47 to the Jayhawks. Texas shot just 21.8% , KU shot 46.4%. Now for the whopper - LOnghorns went 2-21 from the 3 point line. Yes, you read it right, 2-21 (9.5%). KU was 7-18 (38.9%). It was a terrible shooting night for the Longhorns and Myck Kabongo led the team with 13 points. Of the KU starting 5, all but one missed scoring double digits. The Longhorns dropped to 3-9 in Big 12 play & 11-14 on the season. All the optimism about Texas making a run and potentially making the NCAA tourney? GONE. LIKE THAT.
  11. When you watch the Texas basketball team play you see flashes of a team that could be pretty good. But then you see the Longhorns fall back to earth and struggle in situations that ultimately lead to losses. 0-4 in Big 12 play, Texas is really having a tough time finishing games and finding an identity that will lead to wins. The struggles for Texas are a combination of problems, largely related to youth and inexperience. The team cannot keep it together long enough to pull out wins in games where they have still been in it in the very end. But no matter how they lose, each time I watch Texas I see two problems that stand out and are the difference between wins and losses. The first problem I see may shed light to a lot of the Longhorn's problems. The interior of the offense and defense are just not reliable enough right now. When you watch the Longhorns you see a team that clearly has struggled with rebounding, especially on offense. Game after game, opposing teams have series on offense where they miss their first, and sometimes even second, shot attempts but continue to keep the ball because Texas can't rebound on offense effectively. One of my biggest keys to winning a basketball game is rebounding. Go look at the stats. The team that wins the rebound battle wins the games more times than not. And that's common sense because the team that wins the rebounding battle simply has more plays where they take the ball away from the other team. It's not considered a turnover in stat books, but it's essentially the same idea. The Texas big men, specifically Cameron Ridley and Prince Ibeh, also need to do a better job protecting the rim. Ridley and Ibeh do show up at times with blocks (and those are some of the flashes we see of good basketball) but more times than not I see these players standing right next to the opposing player that lays the ball up for an easy bucket. Or I see these guys get beat by shot fakes and get out of position. With the size of these two guys, there should not be a player any where near the bucket that is able to easily attempt a shot without at least one of those two trees making them hesitate or re-think their decision. But the two big guys are young and just not playing up to the game speed that they need to in order to be effective on defense. The same could be said on the offensive side of the court. Texas seems to struggle the most on offense when the game slows down. Sure the team shows flashes of making shots, but their is no consistent source of scoring to turn to on offense. It's largely because Texas also does not have any reliable scorer down low to feed the ball to the interior of the opposing team's defense. The best big-man Texas has on offense is Jonathan Holmes. But as a 6'7" power forward, Holmes is often undersized against his opponents and has moved his scoring outside rather than trying to post someone up inside the paint (and honestly, Holmes needs to continue to develop his outside shot if he wants to play in the NBA). Having a lack of any reliable scoring threat down low forces the Longhorns to rely on jump shots any way they can get them. The only other way to improve their offense (other than having lights-out shooters) would be to have guys who can create their own shot by getting to the rim consistently. This would create some interior scoring threats to opposing defenses. Unfortunately, the only guy who has really shown he is capable of doing that is the shortest guy on the team, 5'10" (I really think he's 5'8") Javan Felix. When the lane is open, Felix has shown he can be a decent scorer getting to the basket. But because of his height, Felix has tailored his scoring to a pull-up jumper at the elbow. The problem with that is eventually teams can play better defense on him because he does not have a reliable 3-point shot, so the defender can essentially sag a few steps off and hang around the elbow where Felix likes to pull up for a jumper and then rely on their own big men to step in and block Felix if he does successfully get by the defender. So right now I see a team that relies heavily on jump shots from the outside. The fact that Texas relies on jump shots also sheds light as to why they are taking many less free-throws than opposing teams. Sure there are calls in games against Texas that I don't agree with. But do not begin to think this is some big effort by the NCAA to screw Texas over in free-throws. Because it's not. It largely has to do with the style of basketball Texas is currently playing. If they don't have any interior offense, they likely will not get many fouls called on them. And if they don't have guard who can make something happen off the dribble, they will also not have fouls called on him. When you are a team that relies on jump-shots then the only way you get fouls is if a defender jumps into you while your shooting, which doesn't happen nearly as much compared to a team that has players that either take the ball to the rim or post players that bang around down low. So for now, get used to the fact that Texas will likely take less free-throws in games compared to the amount the opposing team is taking. Just because Texas is struggling due to the fact that they have to rely on the jump shot does not mean you won't ever see another team that can win by relying on jump shots. There are definitely teams who find success by getting their players open and in positions to knock down shots. The problem for Texas is their inexperience and lack of offensive flow really hinders them from consistently finding spots on the floor for their shooters to knock down shots. The two guys that the Longhorns should be finding more shots for on offense are Sheldon McClelland and Julien Lewis. Those guys are the two best guards that can shoot for the Longhorns. Holmes is also a guy I'd like to see Texas run plays for, but he usually finds his shots when defenders forget to follow him to the 3-point line. I should be clear that I'm not saying the guards necessarily need more shots a game (McClellan just attempted 18 shots in the loss against KU). But the Longhorns should be running their offense to find more open shots for those two guys. A lot of the shots they take are contested, which lowers the percentage that the shot will go in. Instead of more than half of McClellan's shots being contested, Texas should find ways where less than half of his shots are contested. It isn't always easy to make happen, but when that is where your offense makes noise then you have to find a way to make it happen throughout the game. The other problem Texas has really emerges late in games, and even late in first half's. Texas does not have a reliable "go-to" player that can close games/periods for them. When Myck Kabongo comes back he likely will have the first crack at being that guy. But as of right now they do not have anyone who can take the game over late and help the team hold on for a win. This largely has to do with the type of players, specifically guards, Texas has and their mentality. First, I do not trust the ball handling of any of the guards other than Felix (and Kabongo when he returns). So that initially makes it tough for the Longhorns to put the ball in any other guards hands beside Felix. Secondly, even if the ball is in the hands of Lewis, McClellan, or even Holland neither of them really do much on offense other than taking a jump-shot (as we went over earlier). Out of those 3, Holland has been the one guy who has sort-of shown he can get through traffic to the rim but he often struggles to finish the shot-attempt successfully (and like I just said, I don't really trust his ball-handling yet either. Not enough for him to have it late in games). So since these guys rely on jump shots, it makes it tough for any of these guys to step up in the final minutes. They aren't going to be dribbling around with the ball waiting to get fouled, or trying to take it to the rim to force the other team to foul before they attempt a lay-up. Lastly, I haven;t seen McClellan, Lewis, or Holland really show they even have the mentality or desire to want the ball the last few minutes of the game. They may be able to knock down shots late in games, but I haven't seen any of those guys want to close games over a span of a few minutes. Which basically leaves you with Felix as the guy who likely has the ball at the end of the game. Which isn't the ideal player you'd want with the ball. He can handle the ball well and has an "ok" free-throw percentage (77%, not automatic but decent), but Felix doesn't have the size to take it to the rim at will, and he does not have a reliable outside jump-shot. On the season, Javan is shooting 34% from the field (though in recent games that percentage has increased some). And he is shooting a very pedestrian and unreliable 17% beyond the 3-point line. So to sum it up, Texas really doesn't have an ideal player that can close games. And in result, Texas continues to lose some close games that they had within reach. I said this a week or so ago, but it's like the Texas Men's basketball team is trying to play games with one hand tied behind their back. And they just can't seem to figure out how to untie that other hand. They are very frustrating to watch because they show flashes of good basketball. But in the end, their problems overtake their brief success in games and they end up losing. This team is also very young, so the problems do stem from lack of development and experience. And it will be very interesting to see the impact Kabongo will have when he returns. I think he will help the team, but I'm not convinced he completely fixes all of their problems. Rebounding, for example, is an effort play the whole team can improve on. Kabongo doesn't fix that. Regardless, I still think Texas could have a winning record right now instead of being 8-9, and 0-4 in Big 12 play. However, the Longhorns are currently fighting just to make the NIT at the end of the season, and this is easily the lowest point Rick Barnes has let his basketball program slip to.
  12. Texas vs. Michigan State Time: 1:00 pm CST TV: ESPN2 Texas could do itself a ton of help by winning a big road game today. Myck has been freed, time to do work. A quote from Spartans head coach Tom Izzo about the upcoming game: HOOK 'EM HORNS!
  13. As the Longhorns finish this game with 59.6 seconds left in this game, Yahoo's Pat Forde reports that Myck Kabongo will be suspended for the entire season for improper benefits received for a trip he took to Cleveland earlier this year. They took their sweet ass time and now Javan Felix will be the point guard of the future for this Texas basketball team. The NCAA sucks.
  14. It is borderline absurdity that the NCAA has not done anything on the Kabongo ruling yet. Another reason why the NCAA is a JOKE! Even Bilas agrees with me... [tweet]278549190374739968[/tweet]
  15. Remember these guys? Two great former Longhorn hoopsters Kris Clack and Chris Mimh are graduating this month from THE University of Texas. Hats off to these cats for living life and having careers but coming back to UT to get the degree! HOOK 'EM HORNS!
  16. Another game that Texas had a great shot at winning and they couldn't close strong. Chapman was a stud and if we can get that kind of play from him every game we would be a much better team. J'Covan Brown didn't get going until the second half and we only shot 34% from the floor. Kabaongo was erratic again today and had 3 turnovers. He needs to get a handle on those... Notable stats: *The Texas bench outscored the Kansas bench 21-5 *Texas went 16-17 from the free throw line (94.1%) *Horns went 8-19 from the 3-point line Brown needs to get more out of his players, without question. Our tournament resume includes a win over Temple. Nothing more. We still have time to save face but we need to get it together now. Baylor up next.
  17. This game means a lot for Texas. A road win over a highly rated Mizzou team would go a long way on the tournament resume. They will have to play composed and error free. Let's do it boys!
  18. Hey guys, great forum here! Glad it started. My thoughts on the Horns basketball season is thhat it was a good regular season with a fizzle out toward the end. I am ambivalent about Rick Barnes and his ability to get the job done. Are our stars coming back next year? That will be the only hope for a powerful team next year.

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