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Texas lands commitment from 3-star guard Emarion Ellis, multi-sport star from Iowa

Multi-sport talents can emerge from anywhere, and the Texas men’s basketball program just plucked one from Davenport, Iowa. The Longhorns landed a commitment from Emarion Ellis, a three-star guard for the recruiting class of 2021. He becomes the second player in what’s expected to be a pivotal class designed to … Read More

Texas ex Mo Bamba pleased with healthy weight he added during NBA coronavirus shutdown

Orlando Magic second-year center Mo Bamba was on a mission during the NBA coronavirus shutdown. He came into the league as a slender 7-footer with athleticism that enabled him to block shots and pop out on the perimeter for occasional 3-point attempts. Bamba, however, wanted to add more to his … Read More

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Texas basketball, volleyball teams start onboarding process with coronavirus testing

Texas men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball players started the onboarding process Monday to resume voluntary offseason workouts at the UT facilities. All players are tested for COVID-19 and must follow a strict set of protocols should anyone test positive. It’s the same protocols established for the UT football players’ … Read More

Texas ex Jarrett Allen is the last man standing in the Brooklyn Nets’ frontcourt

NEW YORK — Jarrett Allen finds himself in familiar territory. Allen is set to be the starting center for the Brooklyn Nets as they travel south for the NBA’s 22-team resumption of the regular season. He will replace DeAndre Jordan, the veteran center who succeeded Allen as the starter just … Read More

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Gonzaga among the notable names on UT’s 2020-21 non-conference schedule

Marquee matchups and a trip to Maui are among the highlights on the non-conference schedule for the Texas men’s basketball team, which was released on Thursday. Texas is set to open its 2020-21 season with a home game against Louisiana on Nov. 10. Three days later, the Erwin Center will … Read More

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Longhorns, Aggies tabbed to participate in the Battleground 2k20 basketball series

This winter, both the Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies will get a chance to play basketball under the Houston Rockets’ roof. On Wednesday, Texas was among the announced participants for the Battleground 2k20 showcase. Texas will play Louisiana Tech as part of a doubleheader that Houston’s Toyota Center will … Read More

Get it in writing: Texas gets 60 protected dates, all gameday revenue in Moody Center contract

Former Texas President Gregory L. Fenves promised the Longhorns’ basketball teams would have first dibs on any scheduling dates in the new $338-million Moody Center. Oak View Group, the California-based outfit that wrote the check, had no issue with that. Best to get it in writing, though. According to the … Read More

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Keeyan Itejere commits to Texas as 2021 recruiting officially gets underway for Shaka Smart’s program

Shaka Smart and the Texas men’s basketball program received some good news on Monday morning when Keeyan Itejere announced that he will join the Longhorns. Itejere is not currently rated by 247Sports, but he has been ranked among the top 30 prospects from North Carolina. He … Read More

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Big 12 to give its men’s basketball players the day off on Election Day

This upcoming election day will be an off day for men’s basketball players in the Big 12, the conference announced on Friday. The men’s basketball players from the Big 12 will not have to participate in any basketball activities on Nov. 3. That means no practices or early-season games. The … Read More

Is the heel healed? Kevin Durant, Nets should find out in the NBA playoffs

NEW YORK — By the time the NBA season resumes, it will have been about four months since video surfaced of Kevin Durant driving past Brooklyn Nets teammate Nic Claxton and elevating for a one-handed dunk. Four months. He was well enough back then to participate in a 3-on-3 scrimmage, … Read More

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Golden: Andrew Jones, other athletes should speak up on social injustice and not ‘stick to sports’

In this week’s Golden Nuggets, Ced touches on a Bevo-related item. Here is his take: Texas basketball player Andrew Jones has earned the right to speak out on social injustice. Easily one of the most inspirational people I’ve ever come across in a quarter … Read More

Texas athletes, coaches take to Twitter; ‘Last time I checked burnt orange ain’t get murdered and oppressed’

With protests unfolding blocks from campus, Texas athletes and coaches expressed their feelings on social media about race relations, last week’s death of George Floyd and even digitally pushed back against those wanting them to stick to sports. “It’s an unpleasant time right now but not … Read More

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Texas men’s coach Shaka Smart: ‘We have an opportunity to LISTEN to each other’

After a weekend full of nationwide protests, Texas men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart posted a heartfelt message Monday that said “we have an opportunity to LISTEN to each other.” “I’ve struggled to articulate the sadness and anger I’m still feeling days after hearing George Floyd’s final … Read More

Big 12 Male Sportsperson of the Year a ‘well-deserved honor’ for Texas’ Andrew Jones

Texas basketball player Andrew Jones has been named the Big 12’s male sportsperson of the year, the conference announced on Wednesday. Since the 2000-01 school year, the Big 12 has annually honored athletes who display “an extraordinary degree of sportsmanship, community service and academic achievement.” Jaci Jones, a three-year captain … Read More

More than 3,500 miles from Austin, Texas’ Kamaka Hepa getting along in Alaska

Thursday was a halfway decent day in Barrow, Alaska. Temperatures were in the mid-20s. Should get up to 27 this weekend, too. Texas forward Kamaka Hepa went back home for spring break and ended up staying put, courtesy of the coronavirus pandemic. Like other Longhorns, … Read More

12 Things about Big 12 basketball: The best Big East Challenge games and conference’s top recruits of all time

12. Greg Brown headed to Texas Greg Brown is the cherry on top for the Texas basketball offseason. With or without Brown, Texas was set to have a strong team next year despite all the baggage that may have come with it. The first step was avoiding a reset by … Read More

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Texas generates 66.2 million impressions during its #MyTexas digital campaign

Even with no games and no students on campus, Texas found a way to win on the internet. The athletic department’s wide-ranging #MyTexas campaign generated an eye-popping 66.2 million impressions across all of UT’s social media platforms, according to an internal report. The majority … Read More

Former Texas student manager and grad assistant Chris Mudge moving up basketball coaching ranks

In the summer of 2003 following his freshman year at Texas, Chris Mudge was interviewing for internships with chemical companies. Mudge, a member of Stony Point’s first graduating class in 2002 and a point guard for the Tigers on the basketball court, planned to become a chemical engineer. Seventeen years … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Swear to God, former Texas basketball coach Leon Black is ‘one of the finer persons ever’

Jimmy Blacklock wanted to set the record straight about his straight-laced college basketball coach. Seems that Leon Black did cuss. At least once. His Texas basketball team had just been overwhelmed by UCLA sophomore Bill Walton and the eventual national champion Bruins at Pauley Pavilion by 50 points, and Black … Read More

With Brown signed, sealed and delivered, Texas’ Shaka Smart shifts to hiring an assistant

Officially, the last Texas men’s basketball game of the season was an 81-59 loss at home to Oklahoma State. But before that thumping on March 7, Texas had won five straight. The late-season run had helped the Longhorns (19-12) bounce back onto the bubble for the NCAA Tournament. With a … Read More