The Texas Longhorns basketball program went through an unprecedented era of success under head coach Rick Barnes, making the NCAA Tournament in 16 of his 17 seasons at the helm, but new upstart coach Shaka Smart is bringing his own brand of success and excitement from VCU with him, as they hope to challenge Kansas and Iowa State for the 2016 Big 12 Conference Title.
The Horns still feature a talented core led by potential All American point guard Isaiah Taylor and imposing big men Cameron Ridley and Prince Ibeh, but Smart has reeled in a talented recruiting class featuring 3 Top 100 rated players like SG Eric Davis, PG Kerwin Roach Jr, and SF Tevin Mack.
It will still be interesting to see how Smart integrates the upperclassmen bigs into his uptempo offense and hellish “Havoc” style defense, but if the stellar freshmen develop early, Texas could make another NCAA appearance this March.
While the highly touted Davis figures to get the most minutes as a freshman, 6’3 point guard Kerwin Roach Jr is getting the most buzz.
The Houston, Texas native helped lead North Shore HS to a State Title but interestingly also was a Track and Field star as well, winning Gold medals in both the Triple Jump and High Jump in the Texas Relays.
That’s why it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that the floor general recently showed off his insane hops and athleticism by touching the top of the backboard and doing a standing backflip in practice……………………..
Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, Balltribe.com, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.