2022 Record: 29-9 (12-6)
Head Coach: Rodney Terry (Career Record 185-164) (Texas Record 22-8)
PG: Max Abmas (Oral Roberts 21.9 Pts, 4.4 Reb, 4.0 Ast)
SG: Tyrese Hunter (10.3 Pts, 3.0 Reb, 2.5 Ast)
SF: Dillon Mitchell (4.3 Pts, 3.9 Reb, 0.4 Ast)
PF: Dylan Disu (8.8 Pts, 4.4 Reb, 1.4 Ast)
C: Kadin Shedrick (Virginia 6.2 Pts, 3.8 Reb, 0.6 Ast)
6: SG Ithiel Horton (UCF 12.3 Pts, 3.7 Reb, 1.6 Ast)
7: PG Chendall Weaver (UT Arlington 9.5 Pts, 4.6 Reb, 2.0 Ast)
8: SF Brock Cunningham (4.6 Pts, 3.4 Reb, 1.4 Ast)
9: SG Chris Johnson
10: PF Ze’Rik Onyema (UTEP 7.1 Pts, 4.4 Reb, 0.5 Ast)
11: SF Devon Pryor
12: PF Alex Anamekwe (1.5 Pts, 0.5 Reb, 0.1 Ast)
The leading returning scorer for Texas this upcoming season is guard Tyrese Hunter. He will play even more off the ball this season with the addition of Max Abmas. He could also raise his shooting splits. Hunter has been a solid player on the defensive end as well. He has also started every game of his career and has been an improved three point shooter as well. Dylan Disu is also returning for Texas this upcoming season. Disu is going into his 5th season of CBB and has been extremely efficient on the interior shooting 62% from the field. His play time should also see an increase from his first 2 seasons with the Horns. He has been great on defense the last few seasons as well. PF Alex Anamekwe also returns. He played minimally in his freshman season last year, but could be a solid depth piece in the future.
Dillon Mitchell and Brock Cunningham are the remaining returning players for the Longhorns this season. Cunningham graduated in 2022 and is entering his 5th season of CBB. He will be a great three point shooter off the bench for Texas and can be relied on to make at least 1 three a game. He shot 41% from beyond the arc this past season and 48% in the 2021-22 season. Dillon Mitchell who was a 5 star and Top 10 player in the 2022 class could’ve left for the NBA, but opted to return for his sophomore season. The 6-8 forward started all 38 games for Texas last season and shot a very impressive 64% from the field while only averaging 4PPG and 4RPG. He should be the obvious candidate to have a breakout season on this Longhorn team. Texas also signed 2 freshman in the class of 2023. SG Chris Johnson, a former Kansas commit, is ranked as the #53 player in the country. SF Devon Pryor is ranked as the #211 player in the country.
Texas took to the portal where they signed guards Chendall Weaver and Max Abmas. Weaver had a solid season in his freshman year at UT Arlington. He averaged nearly 10PPG and 5RPG. He should fit well into the backup PG role playing behind Max Abmas. Weaver also takes good care of the ball and passes at a high level as well. There is a notable rise in competition from WAC to Big 12, but Weaver seems like a player who is up for the challenge and could develop into a high major caliber player as he’s only a rising sophomore. Abmas is a player that will bring a ton of experience to Austin. He started all 123 games of his Oral Roberts career and was even part of a Sweet 16 run in the 2020-21 season. Abmas is an exceptionally gifted offensive player. He shoots the ball at a high level 44% overall, 38% from three, and 88% from the free throw line. He also has a high assist rate and takes care of the ball well. Again, there is a huge rise in competition for him but he should have absolutely no problems and should be the best player for Texas next season.
Texas also added guard Ithiel Horton from UCF via the transfer portal. Horton was with UCF when they played in the AAC and now the Knights are transitioning to the Big 12. Horton, who is a grad transfer now on his 4th school, should fit well in the 6th man role for the Longhorns. He will be a great scorer off the bench and provide a spark for the offense at times. Texas also added big men Ze’Rik Onyema and Kadin Shedrick via the transfer portal. Onyema, a transfer from UTEP, is a very physical player that is still continuing to develop on the offensive end. He will be exceptional on the defensive side of the ball for Texas this season. Virginia transfer Kadin Shedrick should fit right into the starting center spot for Texas this season. While playing under Tony Bennett, Shedrick has proven to be a talented big that can finish around the rim and defend the paint very well.
It will be a test to see how Rodney Terry handles his first full season as head coach. He did a great job taking over as the interim, but having to instill culture the following season with all new players could be difficult for some. Texas should still have a successful season in a very tough Big 12 conference. Texas could finish anywhere from 3rd-6th in the conference. Even finishing 6th in this very tough league would still guarantee a likely Top 5 seed in the tournament.