Texas basketball ranked as having best point guards in college hoops

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We are still a good way from the start of the 2022-23 season for head coach Chris Beard and the Texas basketball program, but most of the pieces have already come together regarding how the rotation will be built out. Texas signed three blue-chip (two of which were five-stars) recruits in the 2022 class, and a handful of other additions by way of the NCAA Transfer Portal have helped to clear up the picture of the projected rotation for next season.

Among the most exciting parts of the projected rotation for Beard and the Longhorns next season lies at the point guard position. Texas has a ton of depth at point guard heading into next season, especially after the addition of the reigning Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and former Iowa State Cyclones freshman stud Tyrese Hunter.

Hunter and returning super senior Marcus Carr round out the highlighting duo of players that could get minutes at the point guard position this coming season. But there are others worth noting, such as the incoming freshman and five-star Dallas-Kimball point guard Arterio Morris and four-star Rowan Brumbaugh.

All of the talent and depth present in this point guard room for the Longhorns this offseason was noticed in a recent piece from Isaac Trotter of 247Sports. This piece from Trotter of 247Sports on July 5 ranked out the best point guard rooms in the country ahead of the 2022-23 college basketball season.

Texas basketball ranks as the top point guard room in 2022-23, led by transfer Tyrese Hunter

And Texas topped the list ahead of the Houston Cougars, Gonzaga Bulldogs, UCLA Bruins, and North Carolina Heels. Texas boasting a top guard trio of Morris, Carr, and Hunter looks to be the main reason for 247Sports having them top this list.

Here’s more on Texas’ point guard room from this ranking from 247Sports.

"Marcus Carr, Tyrese Hunter and Arterio Morris? That’s just ridiculous point guard depth for Chris Beard and Texas. Carr is the productive veteran who’s seen it all. Hunter is the reigning Big 12 Freshman of the Year who defends like his life is on the line and has All-American upside if his jumper comes around. Oh, and then Morris is a 5-star freshman who some believe is the best point guard in the Class of 2022. Describing Texas’ point guard room as “loaded” might be underselling how special this unit might be."

It’s easy to see how some in the media are getting so hyped up about the potential that this backcourt unit has for the Longhorns heading into next season. Texas has four or five guards at the very least that could all start for at least 90-95 percent of teams around the country. Beard and his staff truly have an embarrassment of riches in the backcourt at the moment.

What makes it even more impressive that Texas landed the top spot on this list was the fact that Beard and his staff had to overcome some notable losses to the backcourt this offseason. Texas lost key guards this offseason such as redshirt senior Andrew Jones, senior Courtney Ramey, senior Jase Febres, and sophomore Devin Askew.

Yet, Beard and his staff still managed to cobble together what could wind up being one of the very best backcourt units for the Longhorns in the last few decades. Whenever you have talents such as Carr, Hunter, and Morris leading the way for just one position group, the potential is almost limitless for that part of the rotation.

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Texas finished up last season with a record of 22-12 (10-8 Big 12) following a loss to the three-seed Purdue Boilermakers in the Round of 32. Hunter, Carr, and the Longhorns will be looking to build upon the newfound postseason success in the first year under Beard in what could be a very promising 2022-23 campaign.