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?
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.
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.
For all of the promise and potential Texas has in its "sharpshooting" sophomore Jase Febres, he (perhaps above all other Longhorns) has typified the hot and cold nature of this basketball program under Shaka Smart. Some overall numbers...8.8 pts, 2.7 rbs, 0.4 asts, on 46/37/58 shooting. Not terrible. At all, really.
With the happy decision/return of senior-to-be guard Kerwin Roach now behind us, Texas Basketball can look to the future of the 2018-19 season with a clearer understanding of who they will have and what they are working with. The roster, as of a few minutes ago was finalized as such..