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Texas Basketball: Longhorns get transfer Tramon Mark from Arkansas

Mar 6, 2024; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks guard Tramon Mark (12) drives in the
Mar 6, 2024; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks guard Tramon Mark (12) drives in the / Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

The college basketball universe is ever changing, especially with how rampant the Transfer Portal is at the current moment. Those kinds of movements are in full swing, with Texas cashing in bigtime on Sunday as the Longhorns landed Arkansas transfer Tramon Mark.

A 6’5 shooting guard from Dickinson, Texas, Mark was a Top 100 recruit back in 2020 who opted for Houston and Kelvin Sampson’s program. He became an important bench piece during the Cougars’ run to the Final Four as a freshman before missing most of his next season with a shoulder injury. Mark bounced back nicely as a full-time starter as a junior, becoming a double-digit scorer for Houston.

After those three seasons, Mark opted to transfer last offseason and landed at Arkansas, becoming a major weapon for Eric Musselman and his Razorbacks. Mark would become the most fruitful recruit for Musselman and was the leading scorer for Arkansas this past season, averaging 16.2 points and 4.3 rebounds while shooting a career-best 36% from outside the arc.

While the Razorbacks struggled significantly, Mark was a lone bright spot throughout much of the season. He dropped 34 points in a November loss to North Carolina and several other great shooting performances. He’d score 35 against Texas A&M early in SEC play and helped keep an underachieving Arkansas squad in some of these games in conference play.

With Musselman’s departure for USC, Mark opted to enter the Transfer Portal again. He won’t be staying in Fayetteville to play for new head coach John Calipari; instead he’ll be staying in the SEC at Texas, joining a Longhorns program that will transition into the league next season.

There were many times when Mark was the best player on the court this season and certainly kept Arkansas from really bottoming out during a troubled campaign. Now, he joins an impressive Texas program that also just added both Jayson Kent and Julian Larry from a very talented Indiana State team.

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We’re still working out the details on the Longhorns’ lineups, especially with more moves on the horizon, but this roster got substantially better with Mark’s commitment. He’s a talented wing who can shoot well from all over the court and will certainly bolster Texas in year one in the SEC.