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Texas athletics, 2017-18: A year of wins on the field, but also transformative change off it

For Texas athletics, the 2017-18 athletic year was successful. Taken on the whole, it always is. Sure, the Longhorns enjoyed their typical success in non-revenue sports. Texas hauled in yet another national championship in men’s swimming and diving, its fourth straight and 14th overall under legendary … Read More

Magic Mo: Orlando grabs Texas freshman Mo Bamba sixth overall in NBA draft

Despite its football reputation, Texas has churned out a staggering amount of basketball talent. Ten Longhorns have become first-round NBA draft picks since 2006. The headliner in that group is obviously Kevin Durant, now a two-time Finals MVP. Don’t forget about LaMarcus Aldridge, Tristan Thompson, Myles … Read More

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Where will Mo Bamba end up? Rumors, projections ahead of 2018 NBA Draft

Will Mo Bamba stay in Texas, or will he be moving back home after the 2018 NBA Draft? Those are just two of the possible outcomes for the Texas star, who is expected to be a top-10 pick on Thursday night. RELATED: 12 big things about the Big … Read More

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12 big things about the Big 12: Mo Bamba and the 2018 NBA Draft edition

The unofficial end to every college basketball season is the NBA Draft. It’s not the climax — that would be the Final Four in April — but it’s the scene at the end of every action movie that sets up the sequel and either has a happy or sad ending. Read More

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AJ1 returns: Andrew Jones enrolls in web classes at Texas, first step toward rejoining team

Strictly from a basketball perspective, Andrew Jones’ first step on the road back to the Longhorns was an obvious one. He needed to get back in school. Jones, who is battling leukemia, left the Texas basketball program last January after his diagnosis and … Read More

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Incoming Texas freshman Kamaka Hepa named to Team USA Under-18 roster

Incoming Texas freshman Kamaka Hepa has earned a spot on the Team USA Under-18 men’s team and is headed off to international competition. The final Under-18 roster was unveiled Tuesday. The team, led by Kansas coach Bill Self, will now depart for the FIBA Americas U18 … Read More

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It’s a bird? It’s a plane? No, it’s Kevin Durant … on a plane

If you were sitting in an airport today, starring out the window waiting for your boarding zone to be called and thought you were seeing an image of Kevin Durant on the side of an airplane, it’s OK. You haven’t been watching too much basketball, it actually is Kevin Durant. Read More

12 Big things about Big 12 basketball: The conference is going to be good again

Here are 12 big happenings in the world of Big 12 basketball. Happy returns 12. Texas The Longhorns had a great spring. Not only did Texas add a talented point guard that could both sub in for and play alongside Matt Coleman with in-coming freshman Courtney Ramey, but they also … Read More

LeBron James’ NBA Finals streak is impressive, so is the Longhorns’

LeBron James reached the NBA Finals for the eighth straight season over the weekend after the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics to win the Eastern Conference. It’s an amazing streak that may not be matched by another player (unless, you know, one of the members of the Golden State … Read More

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2019 Texas basketball recruiting: Names to know as summer season begins

Summer is approaching which means it’s soon going to be time for some of basketball’s best 2019 recruits to showcase themselves in front of Texas and other college basketball coaching staffs at high-level events such as July’s EYBL Finals at Peach Jam. Currently in a NCAA  “quiet … Read More

By returning to Texas, Kerwin Roach continues his pursuit of victories, college degree

Shaka Smart fully recognizes that every player he recruits to Texas wants to play in the NBA. Tomorrow, preferably. The Longhorns men’s basketball coach believes it’s his job to gather the data and present it in objective fashion. With Mo Bamba, the decision was easy. Anyone … Read More

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The active 2018 Texas Exes power rankings: No. 1 Kevin Durant, basketball

All month long, we’ve been counting down the top 25 active Texas Exes in their sport. Here is No. 1: No. 1 Kevin Durant, basketball The story of Kevin Durant coming to Texas was best told when the Statesman wrote an in-depth feature in “The Making of … Read More

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Texas to play familiar foe in SEC/Big 12 Challenge in 2019

The Longhorns are going back to the Peach State in 2019. The Texas men’s basketball team will play a new-look Georgia squad in the 2019 SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Jan. 26, 2019. Longhorns will once again travel to Georgia, where they lost to the Bulldogs in the 2017 challenge, 59-57, … Read More

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Kerwin Roach returning to Texas for senior season

Kerwin Roach is returning for his senior senior season, the school announced Thursday morning. “After getting as much information directly from NBA personnel and talking with my family and my coaches, I’ve decided to return for my senior season at Texas,” Roach said in a press release. “I’m hungry for … Read More

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Texas coach Shaka Smart close to hiring Iowa State assistant Neill Berry

Texas men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart is close to hiring Iowa State assistant Neill Berry and fill the vacancy on the Longhorns’ coaching staff, two sources confirmed to the American-Statesman. The hiring and formal announcement could be later this week, one source said. Horns247 first reported … Read More

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Bohls: With court ruling, could we ever see betting parlors at Royal-Memorial stadium?

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns and the Big 12. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: On sports gambling and betting on the 40 Acres: As for this effect on college sports, it might only … Read More

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The NBA Lottery has passed; Could the Dallas Mavericks draft Texas center Mo Bamba?

The Phoenix Suns won the NBA Draft lottery on Tuesday, and the consensus is the Suns are in position to take Deandre Ayton, an Arizona native who played at the University of Arizona, with the first pick. After the first three picks, though, it seems anything can happen. What we … Read More

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5-star recruit shooting guard Cassius Stanley includes Texas in top-6

The recruiting momentum continues for Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns as 5-star California prospect Cassius Stanley included the Longhorns in his top six on Monday. Top 6️⃣ — Cassius Stanley (@cassius_stanley) May 14, 2018 He also lists Oregon, USC, … Read More

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As Big 12 and Big East reportedly discuss basketball deal, here’s a ranking of the Texas games we’d like to see

With other conferences expanding its league play to 20 games, two of college basketball’s most successful conferences may be uniting. CBS reports that Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard says the Big 12 and Big East have had discussions about adding a non-conference series to help balance … Read More

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The active 2018 Texas Exes power rankings: No. 9 Myles Turner, basketball

We’re counting down the 25 best former Texas athletes still competing in their sport. Each day we’ll reveal a new athlete.  No. 9 Myles Turner, basketball Myles Turner busted out a burnt orange bucket hat and announced to the world the then top uncommitted player in the 2014 recruiting class … Read More