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Having battled leukemia, Texas guard Andrew Jones’ message: ‘Only the strong survive’

Andrew Jones settled into a chair in the Centennial Room at Bellmont Hall and met reporters on Wednesday for the first time to detail his year-long battle against leukemia. In the same space normally reserved for UT’s biggest announcements, the Texas guard discussed his health, … Read More

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Texas G Kerwin Roach suspended for season opener vs. Eastern Illinois

Texas senior guard Kerwin Roach II will be suspended for UT’s season opener against Eastern Illinois on Nov. 6 for a previous undisclosed violation of team rules. What made the news more interesting on Saturday was that Roach announced it himself on Twitter. Read More

Texas’ Big 12 foes get first look at the new body, new haircut, new Dylan Osetkowski

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dylan Osetkowski pried open a plastic fruit container, surveyed the contents and just huffed. “Do they put the worst fruit possible in here?” Osetkowski asked Wednesday with real frustration. “No strawberries, no grapes, no watermelon, no pineapple?” No pizza, no … Read More

Happy birthday, Snoop: Kerwin Roach excited to get a permanent front tooth

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Texas guard Kerwin Roach II turned 22 on Wednesday. All he wants is one new tooth. When Roach was at Sprint Center last March, he took a vicious elbow from Iowa State guard Lindell Wigginton. The accidental blow sliced one of Roach’s … Read More

‘More salt than sugar’: Texas needs Matt Coleman to become tougher floor leader

The last two seasons, Texas’ offensive weapon of choice was obvious. All the guards had to do was throw it to the big man inside — Jarrett Allen or Mo Bamba. They just swatted it away on the other end. So who’s the go-to leader this … Read More

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Texas, TCU both picked to finish 4th in Big 12 preseason men’s basketball poll

Texas and TCU were tied for fourth place in the Big 12 men’s preseason basketball poll, the league announced Friday. Both received 54 votes in the poll among the league’s coaches. The Longhorns were 19-15 last season with future first-round pick Mo Bamba. This year’s team … Read More

#BakeShow: Westlake recruit Will Baker, UT fans get first look at Longhorns at Texas Tip-Off

Marketing officials tried the divide-and-conquer approach on Wednesday at the Texas Tip-Off. The pros worried about the hundreds of Longhorns fans inside Gregory Gym. Guard Matt Coleman focused on a target audience of one — the 7-footer Will Baker from Westlake. Carrying a … Read More

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Texas veterans Kerwin Roach, Jericho Sims garner preseason All-Big 12 honors

Texas guard Kerwin Roach II and forward Jericho Sims both earned honorable mention preseason All-Big 12 honors, the league announced Wednesday. Big 12 coaches voted on the awards, however they were not allowed to vote for their own players. Roach led the Longhorns … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball: A few preseason things to know

The college basketball season starts in a few weeks as teams will play their first games on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Are you excited? You should be. With that said, here are 12 big things about Big 12 basketball you need to know this preseason: 12. The best pro prospect is? … Read More

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Ex-Vandegrift standout to join the Texas basketball team as a walk-on athlete

Once an all-state honoree at Austin’s Vandegrift High, Drayton Whiteside will resume his basketball career as a walk-on at Texas. Whiteside’s family confirmed the news to the American-Statesman on Tuesday. Cliff Ellis, who was Whiteside’s high school coach, also tweeted that the six-foot guard will be added to UT’s roster. Read More

Texas Tip-Off event an early chance for fans to gauge men’s, women’s basketball teams

The Texas Tip-Off event on Wednesday at Gregory Gym is the public’s first chance to examine the UT men’s and women’s basketball teams. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is free, but the place holds only 3,000 so don’t dilly-dally. The women’s team will scrimmage … Read More

With a love for Kevin Durant, 6-foot-10 Kai Jones picks Texas over Baylor, Florida State

The Texas men’s basketball program picked up a commitment Monday from the long-armed, 6-foot-10 Kai Jones from the Bahamas. In a video posted on his Twitter account, Jones wore a burnt-orange sweatshirt and said, “My name is Kai jones, and I’ll be committing to the University … Read More

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On his journey back, Texas G Andrew Jones suffers fractured toe

Under normal circumstances, Saturday’s injury news from the Texas men’s basketball team would be no big deal. A fractured toe. But in Andrew Jones’ journey back to the basketball court, every little hiccup — or in this case, a fracture — is a big deal. Read More

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In testimony, Brian Bowen Sr. now claims he ‘didn’t recall’ whether Longhorns offered benefits

Less than one week after testifying that Texas may have offered improper benefits to recruit his son, Brian Bowen Sr. changed his testimony Tuesday and couldn’t recall whether UT did or not. According to Yahoo Sports, Bowen testified he “didn’t recall hearing” whether the Longhorns offered … Read More

Sources: Texas compliance officials monitored Brian Bowen Jr. recruitment in real time

Texas compliance officials monitored the recruitment of star basketball recruit Brian Bowen Jr. in real time, and school officials believe there were no NCAA violations committed, according to two sources. Bowen’s father, Brian Sr., testified on Friday that former UT assistant Mike Morrell … Read More

Brian Bowen Sr. testifies that Texas offered improper benefits during recruitment of his son

In a New York courtroom on Thursday, the father of a high-profile men’s basketball recruit testified that Texas was one of several schools that offered improper benefits in the recruitment of his son. Brian Bowen Sr., who is alleged to have received $100,000 from Adidas in … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: So how hot is Shaka Smart’s seat? Not very, according to his boss

So we’ll just cut to the chase. Now that Tom Herman is safely out of the woods, we turn our attention to Shaka Smart, who just so happened to show up for his preseason press conference at Bellmont Hall on Monday. So, Shaka, just how hot is your seat? “I … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball: the rosters and schedules are set

In just a few weeks college basketball teams will kick off the season with a slew of official practices. With classes beginning, the rosters are pretty much set for most teams  and earlier this month the Big 12 released the conference schedule. With about two months until Nov. Read More

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Texas men land commitment from four-star guard Donovan Williams

Texas men’s coach Shaka Smart picked up the first commitment of the 2019 signing class on Wednesday when four-star guard Donovan Williams announced he would become a Longhorn. Williams, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Missouri City, visited the Horns over the weekend and was scheduled to … Read More

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Texas men open Big 12 play on Jan. 2 at Kansas State

The Texas men’s basketball team will play three of its first five Big 12 games on the road in January including a stop at Kanas on Jan. 14, according to the scheduled released on Wednesday. Coach Shaka Smart’s club opens league play at Kansas State on … Read More