Going on the road to a tough environment this early in the season presents a myriad of question marks. How good are we really? How well will the kiddos handle the raucous crowd? How will we respond in the most challenging moments? Who will be the go-to player in clutch time?
After a strong defensive first half where Texas allowed 15 points to Northern Colorado, assistant coach Luke Yaklich looked to be Texas’ biggest addition prior to the 2019-20 season. But in the second half, sophomore guard Andrew Jones stole the show.
Texas’ season begins Tuesday versus Northern Colorado, and one of the perceived strengths of Shaka Smart’s 2019-20 Longhorns is the backcourt. Sophomore Courtney Ramey will be the youngest expected contributor joined by upperclassmen (or redshirt sophomore) contributors Matt Coleman, Jase Febres, and Andrew Jones.
It's felt like an eternity since our talks regarding Andrew Jones were about his NBA prospects and on-court greatness. It's felt like an equal eternity since Andrew averaged 15.25 pts, 3 rbs, 2.4 asts on 52/46/73% shooting over the first eight games during the 2017-18 season. It's those numbers, in particular, that feed this piece of writing.
The bye week affords an opportunity to ask some old-school Humidor questions, so the IT Staff talks to a good friend to get some old-school Humidor answers. Plus, coaches on the road, player health, and more Inside the Humidor with the Big Cigar.
Luke Yaklich’s appointment as the associate head coach for the basketball program has led many to a quick dive into the defensive footprint of Michigan while Yaklich was there. If you’re unaware, Yaklich is widely regarded as the architect which saw the Wolverines skyrocket from a middling defensive team to an elite one.