New Texas basketball head coach Chris Beard has a loaded roster with this squad heading into next season. Texas is likely to be ranked inside the top 10 in the major preseason polls ahead of next season, which would be completely warranted given the strength of this roster. Beard hit the NCAA Transfer Portal about as hard as anyone this offseason to build up this roster and contend right away.
An area to watch for Beard and the Longhorns this coming season lies with the performance of some of the more reliable shooters. Texas did lose some key names that were relied upon as some of the more consistent shooters from last season’s team.
That list of players for the Longhorns that were efficient shooters last season included senior guard Matt Coleman, sophomore breakthrough power forward Kai Jones, and junior forward Kamaka Hepa. Granted, Hepa missed some time last season with injury issues.
Texas basketball has some shooters to boast heading into next season
This will be a much different-looking roster for the Longhorns heading into next season. Texas brought in the former Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach Beard to replace Shaka Smart in that same role. The offense will also run differently than it did under Smart.
In some regards, that will be a good thing. Texas ranked inside the top 100 in Division I last season in three-point shooting percentage as did Texas Tech. Although, Texas Tech did rank in the top 75 in Division I last season in offensive rating. Texas didn’t have a bad offensive rating last season, but the team ranked more than 30 spots behind Texas Tech.
Texas has a new group of offensive weapons heading into next season, it’s just up to Beard now to assemble it in the right fashion. Knowing who is top shooters are will be a big difference-maker.
Here’s a look into three of the best shooters for the Longhorns ahead of next season.