Author Archives: Tim Preston

Hoops Preview: UT-Arlington + Smart quotes

James Banks (Will Gallagher/IT)

Shaka Smart has his work cut out for him. To call last week’s losses to Northwestern and Colorado disappointing would be underselling just how poorly Texas played in Brooklyn. And, while the next opponent doesn’t come with the kind of name recognition Texas fans might normally respect, the UT Arlington Mavericks bring a veteran squad with plenty of big game experience to Austin when they face a young Longhorn looking for answers. This won’t be a gimme.

Preston’s game thoughts: Northwestern

Kendal Yancy (Will Gallagher/IT)

It was a tale of almost comical frustration for the Longhorns in their opening game loss at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn against Northwestern. Bad fouls. Turnovers. Overly aggressive ball defense. Poor timeout use. Missed free throws. Got something you can name that a basketball team can do wrong? Texas probably did it tonight.

Hoops Preview: Eastern Washington

Tevin Mack. (Will Gallagher/IT)

A comfortable win against ULM has calmed some of the early season teeth gnashing that came after a far too close for comfort opening victory over Incarnate Word. Now, with some confidence and (close to) a full roster, Texas welcomes Eastern Washington to the Erwin Center for their final tuneup before heading to Brooklyn next week for the Legends Classic. The Eagles are 1-1 and head coach Jim Hayford has built EWU into a perennial contender in the Big Sky after inheriting a program with little stability or recruiting moxie.

UT Hoops inks trio today

Royce Hamm. (

AUSTIN – A trio of high school basketball standouts have signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball next season at The University of Texas, head coach Shaka Smart announced Wednesday. Jase Febres (Houston, Texas), Royce Hamm Jr. (Houston, Texas) and Jericho Sims (Minneapolis, Minn.) will join the Longhorns for the 2017-18 season.

Preseason Hoops Post: No. 7 – Andrew Jones

Shaka Smart. (Will Gallagher/IT)

In many ways, Andrew Jones personifies what has turned out to arguably be the biggest strength of this staff… evaluation. Eighteen months ago, Jones was a middling prospect hoping to get a true look from Power 5 conference schools. Then the Texas staff saw him explode at the Peach Jam at the end of his junior year. They were the first big school to offer (many others followed).