Texas Longhorns: College Hoops

Dick Vitale's top 40

April, 23, 2012
Dick Vitale has taken a look at the recent NBA draft announcements and how they will affect teams next year. With that, Dickie V has ranked his top 40.

No surprise that his top four are Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana and Kansas. Those four have been the consensus teams for next season.

Texas also made the list. The Longhorns check in at No. 20.

Read the full rankings here.

Way-too-early Bracketology

April, 16, 2012
Sure it's only been two weeks since Kentucky was crowned national champs, but that doesn't mean we can't make some early bracketology projections.

Joe Lunardi has done just that and Texas is in the field for, what would be, a 15th consecutive season. Lunardi has the Longhorns as a No. 6 seed facing a No. 11 Purdue team.

By the way, Lunardi's No. 1 seeds are Indiana, Kansas, Louisville and Kentucky.

Check out the full bracket.

LHN breaks down the 2012 hoops class

April, 14, 2012

William Wilkerson joined Longhorn Extra and Lowell Galindo on the Longhorn Network to talk about the Cameron Ridley signing and Texas' 2012 recruiting class.

Breaking down the 2012 hoops class 

April, 12, 2012
When the Longhorns come out of the tunnel at the Frank Erwin Center next season the back end of the warm-up line will look entirely different than it did last season.

You might have to strain your neck a bit to notice.

Thanks to Texas’ incoming recruiting class, which is ranked No. 4 by ESPN, the Longhorns will have three players above 6-foot-10 on their roster.

William Wilkerson on The Adams Theory

April, 12, 2012
William Wilkerson joined The Adams Theory with Sean Adams and Chance Mock to discuss Cameron Ridley's signing and what he brings to the Longhorns.

Listen to the full interview here.

Board Meeting: April 11, 2012 

April, 11, 2012
Welcome to your daily Board Meeting. Each evening we’ll update you on the day’s hottest topics on the HornsNation forum.

1. Nkemdiche coming to Texas?: It seemed as if the recruiting season was slowing down after the spring game as Texas focused on which defensive backs and remaining targets to pursue, but Robert Nkemdiche might have changed the equation.

The defensive end, who projects to be one of the top players in the 2013 class, spoke with Max Olson and expressed his interest in taking a visit to Texas.

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Cameron Ridley has finally signed with Texas thus ending the speculation and the angst that has lasted for five months and, oh say, about 13 years around Austin.

Of course, Ridley is only responsible for those five months. That’s how long it has been between the early signing period -- the one in which the 6-foot-10 center from Ft. Bend Bush High just outside Houston declined to sign -- to this. Those other 13 years? Well, that’s how long it has been since Texas had a real-life, back-to-the-basket, drop-stepping, space-eating center in the program.
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Davide De PasCameron Ridley will give Texas a big body in the post that should also help the perimeter game.
There were some guys who tried to, shall we say, fill the void. Dexter Pittman maybe best fits that description. But he never averaged more than 5.9 rebounds or 10.4 points and as a senior and only played 19 minutes per game. Connor Atchley, Chris Owens, Jason Klotz were all supposed to be guys who could, on a good day, possibly step in a time or two and be big in the lane.

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Sterling Gibbs leaving Texas

April, 10, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -- This time it wasn’t the NBA draft that lured away a Texas player.

It was the lure of playing time.

Sterling Gibbs, a backup point guard has elected to transfer from Texas. The rising sophomore played sparingly as a freshman on a team that had just nine scholarship players.

Gibbs appeared in 30 games, but started none. He averaged 7.5 minutes and 2.6 points per game.

Gibbs is the second player to elect to leave Texas this offseason. Guard J'Covan Brown gave up his final year of eligibility to enter the draft. Texas was able to hang onto point guard Myck Kabongo and that undoubtedly played a large role in Gibbs’ decision to transfer.

Texas signed Javan Felix, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound point guard from Saint Augustine High in New Orleans, in the fall. Felix was already expected to be Kabongo’s backup or even run the floor with Kabongo on occasion. Felix is rated 72 in ESPN’s top 100 players.

With the departure of Gibbs, Texas has five players currently on scholarship and another five who signed letters of intent in the fall. The Longhorns also recently picked up a commitment from shooting guard DeMarcus Holland (Garland, Texas/Naaman Forest). Post player Cameron Ridley, a top 10-rated recruit, is also expected to sign his letter of intent when the spring signing period begins Wednesday.

That leaves Texas with 12 scholarship players. The Longhorns continues to hope to add one more to get to the maximum 13 -- small forward Devonta Pollard. The 6-foot-7 Pollard has Texas among his final four, but just recently completed a trip to Alabama and is headed to Georgetown this weekend. Pollard to ESPN’s TideNation he will make his decision when he returns from Georgetown.

Board Meeting: April 4, 2012 

April, 4, 2012
Welcome to your daily Board Meeting. Each evening we’ll update you on the day’s hottest topics on the HornsNation forum.

1. Quick but important Torrodney Prevot note: William Wilkerson reported on a tweet from Prevot stating that he has decided to wait until possibly October to announce his commitment.

Is that a good thing for Texas? Tough to say. It’s going to be a fight to the finish for Prevot between Texas, A&M and LSU, but the Longhorns can afford to dig in here and commit to getting his commitment. As Wilkerson points out, Texas class is loaded as is and the staff is prioritizing its targets. They’ve started reaching out to DBs and an offer could go to Vincent Taylor, but if Prevot stays interested in becoming a Longhorn, Texas will stay after him.

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Board Meeting: April 3, 2012 

April, 3, 2012
Welcome to your daily Board Meeting. Each evening we’ll update you on the day’s hottest topics on the HornsNation forum.

1. Smith and Davis get offers: It was bound to happen sometime. Texas finally offered the two top in-state defense back prospects. Maurice Smith and Antwuan Davis were both in Austin for the Orange-White game. They got their offers Monday. Neither has committed, but at least the waiting is over for them. Whatever Longhorns defensive backs coach Duane Akina’s vetting process was, it must have been intense. However, maybe it was the right approach. There are few spots left and Texas can’t guess that its going after the right prospects. Furthermore, DB was such a huge area of need, and given the fact that luring two big prospects – Vonn Bell and Marcell Harris – out of SEC country would be no easy feat, getting the best in Texas was key.

Cole Luke, who visited this past weekend from Arizona, did not leave with an offer.

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J'Covan Brown going pro

April, 2, 2012

Three Deep: Draft renewing rivalry?

March, 30, 2012
1. A renewed rivalry, sort of?: By all accounts Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill had an impressive performance at his pro day Thursday. ESPN.com’s Jamison Hensley reported that a large contingent from the Cleveland Browns were on hand. Perhaps the A&M-Texas rivalry will live on in Browns training camp.

The Browns would have likely drafted Baylor’s Robert Griffen III before the Redskins moved up via trade with the Rams to take RG3. There’s certainly no guarantee that the Browns would take Tannehill with the No. 4 pick. It’s certainly a reach for a player who has more time at receiver than QB. If the Browns do take him, it will set up a camp competition with former Longhorn Colt McCoy.

McCoy suffered a nasty his from the Steelers’ James Harrison and a concussion. McCoy did not play the rest of the season. He has only been in Cleveland for two seasons and came in with high marks from GM Mike Holmgren. McCoy was 2-2 in his career against the Aggies.

2. Drawing the line: Donald Hawkins is one of the more intriguing players to watch in Sunday’s spring game. The junior college transfer arrived at Texas with what some called a bit of an ego. He also proved his ability pretty quickly. To walk in and immediately move into the starting left tackle is no easy task. But if he is as good as advertised, he should solidify the Texas offensive line. There was a pretty steady rotation of players in and out last fall.

Hawkins, guard Mason Walters and center Dominic Espinosa are three solid starters. That leaves some combination of Trey Hopkins, Sedrick Flowers and Josh Cochran in the other two spots. Having a consistent group should only further build David Ash’s confidence.

3. A replacement for Coach G?: The Associated Press reports that North Texas women’s basketball coach Karen Aston has interviewed to the vacant job at Texas. Aston is a former Texas assistant who has coached at Charlotte and North Texas since leaving the Longhorns in 2006.

The report cites Aston as a top recruiter for the Longhorns during her tenure from 1998-2006.

Gail Goestenkors resigned from Texas on March 20.

Chat reminder: Sean Adams, 11 a.m. CT Friday

March, 29, 2012
Sean Adams will join HornsNation for his weekly chat at 11 a.m. CT Friday.

With only a few days to go until the spring game, make sure and get your questions in for Sean. We won't just be talking spring game, hoops, recruiting, it's fair game.

Submit your questions here.


Texas Longhorns Show Out On Pro Day
The Texas Longhorns produced several eligible NFL Draft athletes who participated in Pro Day Tuesday afternoon in Austin, Texas.