Texas forward Connor Lammert tips the ball against West Virginia during the NCAA men's college basketball game at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Tex., Tuesday, Feb 16, 2016. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Men's Basketball

Senior salute: Connor Lammert found long-range success at Texas

As a 'stretch four,' Lammert grabbed rebounds, shot 31.5 percent from long range

Posted February 28th, 2016


Not many players fall into a specialized basketball position — the “stretch four.”

Technically speaking, it means you’re a power forward with the ability to bang away inside or step back and launch 3-pointers.

Texas' Connor Lammert shoots over Oklahoma State's Le'Bryan Nash in the second half on Wednesday February 4, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Texas’ Connor Lammert shoots over Oklahoma State’s Le’Bryan Nash in the second half on Wednesday February 4, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

When Connor Lammert steps back to realize his impact on the Texas basketball program, he’ll discover that finding success wasn’t a stretch at all.


“I’ve just been extremely blessed to have the opportunity to play here, play for two great coaches and play in front of a lot of really supportive fans,” Lammert said. “But as far as being remembered, I think I was a guy that showed up every game trying to play hard for the university and the name across my chest.”

Lammert, a senior from San Antonio Churchill, figures he would be about 10 to 15 pounds heavier if asked to play a true center’s role with the Longhorns. Fortunately, that’s been left to Cam Ridley and Prince Ibeh over the years.

Lammert proved a real headache for opposing coaches. There simply aren’t that many 6-foot-10-inch big men who gobble up rebounds and shoot 31.5 percent from 3-point range. Lammert usually finds his way to the wings for open, long-range looks.

Those talents may serve Lammert well overseas. The corporate communications major will graduate in May and then look to play professionally in Europe, where long-range shooting is coveted.

“You have to be a scorer overseas if you’re an American, for the most part,” Lammert said. “I plan on playing, wherever. That’s my plan right now. If and when the ball stops rolling, I’m looking to get into the real estate and title business, but hopefully I’m blessed to play overseas.

“That’s all in God’s hands,” he added, “but I believe I’ve put myself in the position and this team is in position where that’s where I’ll be.”

Connor Lammert at Texas

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Best game at Texas: Scored career-high 15 points by hitting 5 of 7 3-point shots in a 76-67 loss at No. 3 Kansas on Jan. 23, 2016.