An 81-52 loss at Iowa State on February 15 appeared to leave the Texas Longhorns’ NCAA Tournament hopes for dead. Losing to a middling team without its best player not only added another loss to Texas’ record and dropped them to 4-8 in conference, but it was also a demoralizing defeat.
AUSTIN -- The Vandegrift Vipers are in just their second season as an UIL 6A athletic program after being in 5A for the rest of their existence. This places them in a district with some of the best teams in Central Texas, including Westlake and Lake Travis. There’s tough basketball competition in this district, but the Vipers have one of the best sophomores in the nation to help them in their battles in forward Greg Brown III.
A losing record is a big deal when it happens to a revenue sport at the University of Texas. During Shaka Smart’s second season as head coach of the Longhorns, he led the team to an 11-22 record. It was and still is a disappointing mark considering he had a lottery pick on his team in Jarrett Allen, but the offseason has helped to mitigate much of the disappointment 2016-17 was.
UT's Class of 2018 added a new member yesterday, so let's look at the remainder of the class with percentages. We also talk to two of the Horns' top targets as their decision time is getting close, 1-on-1 with newest hooper pledge, Brock Cunningham, and more. It's a Tuesday Scoop. Dig in.
With several top basketball talents in the Austin area this cycle, Shaka Smart saw no need to travel outside Austin to address his need on the wing. 2018 Westlake F Brock Cunningham committed to Texas today over offers from Oklahoma, Gonzaga and Missouri among others.
With players putting on the pads today, football has officially began. We've got practice reports, depth chart movement, team info, and loads of hoops recruiting. With 100-degree temperatures, come inside the air-conditioned Humidor on this Friday.
This week's Scoop looks closer at UT's recruiting momentum and the State of Recruiting for 2018. And despite Spring ball concluding, that doesn't mean a certain Texas signal-caller isn't putting in more work. Plus we catch up with the newest local hoops offer and how he's gone from average to dominating in little under a year.