Malik Zaire #8 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish passes the ball against the LSU Tigers during the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at LP Field on December 30, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Bohls: Texas ‘not optimistic’ on landing transfer QB Malik Zaire

Posted May 17th, 2017

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Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items:

On Texas’ chances to land transfer quarterback Malik Zaire:

Texas is still in on Malik Zaire, but a source told me Tuesday the Longhorns are “not optimistic.” The coaching staff has talked to the Notre Dame quarterback within the last two weeks and “should know something soon,” but aren’t holding their breath.

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On the former Longhorns who have a chance to win the NBA title:

Texas is justifiably proud of the fact that all the teams in the NBA’s Final Four have a Longhorn in their starting lineup and in impactful roles. Kevin Durant (second pick of the 2007 draft), LaMarcus Aldridge (second pick, 2006), Tristan Thompson (fourth, 2011) and Avery Bradley (19th, 2010) were all first-round selections, but what’s sad is that during their short stays in Austin they managed to post no better than a 5-5 record in the NCAA Tournament. Only Aldridge played on a team that advanced past the second round with a regional final appearance in 2006.

Andrew Jones #1 of the Texas Longhorns controls the ball as Tarik Phillip #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers defends during the quarterfinal game of the Big 12 Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center on March 9, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

On Jarrett Allen’s and Andrew Jones’ future:

Jarrett Allen had to go pro. Andrew Jones should not. And college basketball analyst and former Longhorns great Lance Blanks agrees. Jones is testing the NBA waters but has yet to reveal his plans while Allen has signed with an agent and is a Longhorn no more. Blanks said Allen “has all the tools, which is a blessing and a curse. If he’s willing to invest the time and energy into honing and developing all of his tools, he’ll have a bright future. He’s got NBA tools and skills right now. They translate to the NBA level. NBA people are split on him because they question his desire.” As for Jones, who played some point guard as a freshman, Blanks said, “Jones is an elite athlete whose game is still developing. Last season was a gift to him because he got to play a lot of point guard and develop that part of his game. If he leaves for the NBA now, it’s a big risk because he could go undrafted and end up having to grind and claw in the minor leagues to get to the NBA. NBA evaluators aren’t quite sold yet.” But Blanks said Jones could raise his stock and “become a first-round lock” if he returns to school. No way will Allen be an NBA bust, Blanks said, “but I see (him being) successful to underachieving, due to desire. I don’t see a bust because he has too many tools.”

For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things, including his thoughts on Zaza Pachulia, Adam Jones and the most underrated sports person this week, click here.

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