#18 Texas Men's Basketball 2021-2022 Preview

Texas Longhorns
2021-2022 Overall Rank: #18
Conference Rank: #3 Big 12
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On the heels of an embarrassing loss to Abilene Christian in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Texas begins the Chris Beard era. Coach Beard comes from Texas Tech where he had loads of success over the last five seasons and will immediately bring that success to Texas. The Longhorns lost quite a few players to the professional ranks, but Coach Beard wasted no time bringing in a large group of talented transfers that will have this team vying for a Big 12 title.
2020-21 Record: 19-8, 11-6
2020-21 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Chris Beard
Coach Record: 0-0 at Texas, 208-84 overall
Key Departed Players:
Matt Coleman III, Guard, 13.2 ppg
Greg Brown, Forward, 9.3 ppg
Jericho Sims, Forward, 9.2 ppg
Kai Jones, Forward, 8.8 ppg
Donovan Williams, Guard, 3.3 ppg
Kamaka Hepa, Forward, 2.9 ppg
Royce Hamm Jr, Forward, 1.9 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Andrew Jones, Senior, Guard, 14.6 ppg
Courtney Ramey, Senior, Guard, 12.2 ppg
Jase Febres, Senior, Guard, 5.2 ppg
Brock Cunningham, Junior, Forward, 1.6 ppg
Key New Players:
Timmy Allen, Senior, Forward, Transfer from Utah
Devin Askew, Sophomore, Guard, Transfer from Kentucky
Avery Benson, Senior, Guard, Transfer from Texas Tech
Christian Bishop, Senior, Forward, Transfer from Creighton
Cole Bott, Freshman, Forward
Marcus Carr, Senior, Guard, Transfer from Minnesota
Dylan Disu, Junior, Forward, Transfer from Vanderbilt
Tristen Licon, Senior, Guard, DIII Transfer
Tre Mitchell, Junior, Forward, Transfer from UMass
Gavin Perryman, Freshman, Guard
Jaylon Tyson, Freshman, Guard/Forward
Texas returns three seniors in the backcourt. Andrew Jones was the team’s top scorer last season, averaging 14.6 points per game. Courtney Ramey added 12.2 points and 3.9 assists and hit 41.4 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc. Jase Febres has started 62 games during his collegiate career at Texas. He was limited last season due to an injury, but is a proven three-point shooter. Marcus Carr will add another dynamic to the backcourt. The senior comes from Minnesota where he averaged 19.4 points and 4.9 assists last season. Devin Askew started 20 games running the point at Kentucky as a freshman last year and tallied 6.5 points and 2.9 assists per game. Add in freshman wing Jaylon Tyson and the Longhorns have an enormous amount of talent on the perimeter. The very talented Texas frontcourt from a season ago is completely gone, but this group could be even better. Timmy Allen averaged 17.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists and earned First-Team All-Pac honors at Utah last season. He was widely considered one of the best available transfers this year. Dylan Disu comes from Vanderbilt and averaged 15.0 points and 9.2 rebounds as a sophomore last season. Tre Mitchell was amazingly productive at Umass and averaged 18.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. Christian Bishop was a double-digit scorer at Creighton and added 6.4 rebounds. That is a lot of talent and experience in the frontcourt. Of course, there could be some chemistry issues with so many new faces, but as long as Coach Beard can get all of his pieces to work together, there are not many teams who will have more pure talent than the Longhorns.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 74.4 (93rd in nation, 5th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 68.2 (110, 4)
Field-Goal Percentage: 45.4 (92, 3)
Field-Goal Defense: 40.8 (40, 1)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 8.6 (56, 2)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 35.6 (86, 3)
Free-Throw Percentage: 71.0 (171, 6)
Rebound Margin: 4.1 (54, 2)
Assists Per Game: 13.2 (168, 5)
Turnovers Per Game: 14.6 (266, 7)
Madness 2021 Men’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#30 Jaylon Tyson