Texas head coach Shaka Smart calls a play as Texas takes on TCU during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)


Bohls: What will Shaka’s 2016-2017 squad look like?

Posted March 16th, 2016


Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction yesterday. A few were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here’s Kirk’s take on some Bevo related items:

On Shaka’s 2016-2017 squad if Isaiah Taylor doesn’t go pro:

“Texas already has three new basketball players on the way — McDonald’s All-America guard Andrew Jones, dynamic center James Banks and gym-rat guard Jacob Young — but a strong performance in the NCAA Tournament could really help move the needle on Shaka Smart’s Longhorns. It is conceivable junior point guard Isaiah Taylor returns to school, although most think he’ll turn pro. He would be wise to stay another year and work tirelessly on his midrange jumper and 3-point shot. His speed and court vision are stunning. His assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.7-to-1 is better than even T.J. Ford’s 2.5 number in his Final Four year. Scouts hate his jump shot, though. At Texas, Taylor has a coach who believes and trusts in him. He should look at Buddy Hield’s return to school and consider returning. Smart’s program is about to take off and has a great chance to land 6-foot-9 five-star power forward Jarrett Allen.”


On the Mike Perrin era as athletics director:

“You might have missed it last week, but Texas athletic director Mike Perrin is already a lame-duck AD of sorts with two years left on his contract. Texas says Perrin has an end date for his service — the end of the 2017-18 school year. UT President Gregory L. Fenves wanted to bring the inexperienced Perrin on board to stabilize an athletic program in turmoil. He’s done that, and I could see Perrin’s replacement come aboard long before the end of his two-year contract extension. Oliver Luck, are you listening?”

On Texas’ women having to play UConn due to not winning their conference:

“Karen Aston learned firsthand what it’s like to be punished for not winning either the Big 12 regular-season or tournament title. The Texas women were handed the black bean, the last No. 2 seed and in UConn’s path. “The other ones did win a tourney or regular-season title,” Aston said of the other No. 2s, Maryland, Arizona State and Oregon State. “And yes, that had to be the determining factor.””

Former Texas’ All-America DL Corby Robertson’s thoughts on Charlie Strong:

“Put former Longhorns All-America defensive end Corby Robertson in Charlie Strong’s corner. “I’m certainly rooting for Charlie, but we’re actually going to have to play defense and cover kicks to do the things to win,” said Robertson, who was on the Texas search committee that selected Mack Brown. “He’s got a new staff, and they’ll have to quickly acclimate. Everybody has to adjust to each other. He got a good recruiting class and needs to coach ’em up. I’m sure he’s feeling the pressure, but for getting $5 million a year, you ought to feel some pressure.” Robertson was also defensive end Perrin’s roommate during their playing days at Texas. “I think he’s done a marvelous job as AD. He’s got the right passion and right understanding.”

For the rest of Kirk’s 9 things including his thoughts on what Big 12 officials will do at their next meetings in May, John Calipari/Bob Huggins and St. Edward’s baseball, click here.


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