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16. Texas Longhorns

Since the last update, Texas has had a ton of roster changes, both coming and going. They lost leading scorers Max Abmas and Dylan Disu, as well as Brock Cunningham and Ithiel Horton. But the two other main starters on the roster opted to enter the transfer portal, Tyrese Hunter and Dillon Mitchell. Plus, top-40 incoming freshman guard Cam Scott decided to de-commit to go back home to South Carolina.

Yet, a case could be made that the team got better on paper, including the new-look backcourt. Tramon Mark has a case of being the best transfer this offseason, coming off leading Arkansas with 16.2 ppg. He’s set to be the lead guard on the team alongside Jordan Pope, who averaged over 17 ppg at Oregon State. Plus, top-5 prospect Tre Johnson is one of the top incoming freshman perimeter players.

Two other key transfers came from the same team. Julian Larry (11.0 ppg and 4.8 apg) was the starting point guard at Indiana State, while Jayson Kent is a 6’7 forward who averaged 13.5 ppg and 8.1 rpg, leading them in rebounding. On paper, Texas doesn’t have a ton of size outside of returning center Kadin Shedrick so they’ll need Kent to be an impact newcomer.

This is Coach Rodney Terry’s team, with no one left from the Coach Chris Beard era. There’s plenty of backcourt depth, which is needed as they head to the SEC next season.