Texas Basketball: 3 NBA-caliber transfers Chris Beard signed this year

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Dylan Disu, Texas Basketball
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Dylan Disu, PF

Among the most impactful transfers that the Longhorns got out of the portal during the offseason is the former Vanderbilt Commodores standout sophomore power forward Dylan Disu. The 6-foot-9 and 220-pound Pflugerville, TX, native has the makings to be one of the best floor-spacing big men in the Big 12 this season.

If Disu wants to eventually take his talents to the next level, though, he’ll need to continue to work on a lot of the areas of his game that made him such a valuable addition for Beard and the Longhorns in the first place. Disu improved as an outside shooter, distributor, rebounder, and rim protector last season.

In the 17 games that Disu did play in for Vandy last season, Disu averaged just north of nine rebounds per game, one block, and around 1.5 assists. He also went from shooting around 30 percent from beyond the arc during his freshman campaign to around 37 percent last season.

But it wasn’t just shooting from beyond the arc where Disu improved last season. He also went from shooting around 55 percent from the free-throw line as a true freshman to 74 percent during the 2020-21 campaign. His improvement in free-throw shooting is where Disu really broke through in impressive fashion from his freshman campaign to his sophomore year.

The ability to get to the free-throw line, stroke it from deep, rebound at a high level and play solid on-ball defense in a switchable manner, all sound like skills that could make Disu a valued prospect for the NBA.