Texas Football and Texas Basketball are primed for rebound years in their upcoming seasons.
The Longhorns are also primed to deliver high Draft picks in 2018.
We’re not talking measly first round picks. Or even Top 5 or Top 10 picks.
We’re talking No. 1 overall level draft picks.
In the 2018 NFL Draft, offensive lineman Connor Williams is generating buzz as a No. 1 overall candidate.
In the 2018 NBA Draft, we could see coveted recruit Mo Bamba go No. 1 overall.
Here’s why this combination is a possibility.
Connor Williams the Anchor of Texas Football
According to the latest stats from college recruiting insiders, Connor Williams was the most efficient pass blocker in college football in 2016.
As a sophomore.
Now, Connor Williams is entering his junior season with the possibility of being the No. 1 overall Draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
That obviously depends on whether Williams elects to leave school early to head for the NFL.
But, Longhorns fans have known for a long time that the former Freshman All-American is the anchor of the Texas Offense.
Last year, D’Onta Foreman loved running behind Williams to the tune of 2,000 plus yards.
And, Shane Buechele feels very secure throwing the ball with Williams protecting his blind side.
That’s why NFL teams will be looking to make Williams a potential No. 1 overall pick.
Every team needs a dependable, reliable left tackle. And, Connor Williams fits the bill as the top offensive lineman in the country.
Now, he can prove it again in 2017 in a new system under OC Tim Beck and with a new head coach Tom Herman.
Mo Bamba the No. 1 Pick in 2018 NBA Draft?
Switching to basketball, there’s Mo Bamba.
The highly touted recruit from New York is capable of carrying a basketball team.
And, if high school players were Draft eligible, he likely would have been a Top 10 or even Top 5 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Next year, Bamba could be the No. 1 overall pick if he has the type of season we expect from the Texas Longhorns under Shaka Smart.
Bamba has a ridiculous combination of size, speed, athleticism, dunking, and blocking. Plus, he’s a very intelligent player to put all of his skills together.
Unfortunately, Mo has a cloud hanging over him after his older brother made what appear to be unfounded claims about recruiting violations. These have been refuted by the involved parties, but it remains to be seen if there is fallout.
Assuming Bamba plays for Texas, he has a clear mission:
“Be dominant as a teammate and be dominant on the floor to do things that are unimaginable. As a freshman, I’m most looking forward to winning and competing against the nation’s best.”
When Texas wins a lot of basketball games with Mo Bamba as the centerpiece, he will position himself as a potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Mo Bamba would be the first Longhorn to be selected No. 1 overall.
The Longhorns came close in the mid-2000s when LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Durant went No. 2 overall in back-to-back drafts.
Next year, though, Mo Bamba could be the first Longhorn to get his name called first in the 2018 Draft.
Overall, Connor Williams and Mo Bamba are leading a new era of prominence for the Big Two sports of Texas Football and Texas Basketball.