Spring cleaning

Jarrett Allen driving the lane (Will Gallagher/IT)

Jarrett Allen driving the lane (Will Gallagher/IT)

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Spring cleaning, while eagerly (yes, eagerly) awaiting the Orange-White game in April…

* Texas basketball star Jarrett Allen, who just finished his freshman season, has put his name in the hopper for the upcoming NBA Draft, though he is not signing with an agent, leaving the door open for a possible return to the Longhorns.

“I want everyone to know that I am testing the waters with this decision, but I will not be signing with an agent,” the 6-11 Allen said through UT. “Going through this process will allow my family and I to make the best decision possible for my future.”

To say that Allen’s decision is huge for Texas coach Shaka Smart is obviously a big-time understatement. This could either be a spring of transformation for the Longhorns, or a time when Texas fans, and Smart, will look back and lament.

The first sign of possible transformation from what was an awful season came in the form of incoming point guard Matt Coleman, a player who picked the Longhorns over Duke. Yeah, Duke. The point guard job is his when he gets his first pair of Bevo sneakers.

If Allen tests the waters and decides to return, then Smart can go ahead and take a day or two off and enjoy some canoe time on Lady Bird Lake. Coleman’s arrival and Allen’s choice to stay would be two of three signs of hope for Smart.

The third sign would come in the form of getting a commitment from New York big man Mohamed Bamba, a 6-11 player also coveted by Kentucky and Duke. If Smart can somehow keep Allen and coerce Bamba to Austin, he can roll the ball out for the young Coleman and be able to distance himself from this year’s collapse.

A starting five of Coleman, Allen, Bamba, Andrew Jones and Whoever would be nice to see. Word is that Jones might also be in the mix for leaving early, but the vote from here on that is a strong “no.”

If Allen goes and Bamba never shows, then “spring cleaning” could mean something entirely different in 2018.

* Folks keep whispering around here that the Texas football team could get 10 wins this season. While hope does spring eternal, let’s not go crazy. I see eight wins, max, when looking at the schedule.

* Saw a picture online of Mike Gundy and his mullet, and both were involved in a “rattlesnake roundup” in Oklahoma. Please tell me that Mike Gundy is also proficient at noodling. I like him a lot more now that he has the mullet, though I can’t really explain this feeling. It’s a feeling a little like love, I suppose. There, I said i