Throughout this century, Texas has been able to pick up more than a handful of 5-star prospects to play in burnt orange at the Erwin Center. Before freshman Mohamed Bamba’s recent decision, former Horn and the Brooklyn Nets’ 22nd overall pick Jarrett Allen was the next 5-star, one and done talent, destined to lead Texas to relative success thanks to his elite skill level.
Despite substandard results on the hardwood from the Longhorn basketball program in the last five seasons, they continue to thrive on the one night the NBA holds its amateur draft. That Texas tradition continued tonight when freshman center/forward Jarrett Allen was selected by the Brooklyn Nets with the 22nd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Following the addition of Oak Hill (VA) point guard Matt Coleman, who officially signed with Texas this past Wednesday, head coach Shaka Smart called Coleman’s addition part of “an important stretch of days for us.” Coleman joins the 2017 class, but Smart is not through recruiting this spring as the Longhorns are in the mix for elite recruit Mohamed Bamba.
A big, early Texas lead was short lived as a veteran, savvy Iowa State squad turned a 17 point deficit into a tie game late in the contest. Not unexpected, but still a tall task for this young Longhorn team to pull out a win against these senior-heavy Cyclones. But Texas was up to the task.
Six turnover in the first four and a half minutes saw Kansas run out to a 19-5 lead and Texas fans everywhere cursed Shaka Smart, turned off their television and threw their remotes at the nearest cushion/pillow/hamper/Aggie.
WACO -- Defeating the No. 6 ranked team on the road is a tough task. Struggling from the field makes the task tougher, and allowing an opponent to go for 32 points and 20 rebounds makes it almost impossible.