3 Texas basketball players to be thankful for this Thanksgiving

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Dillon Mitchell, Texas basketball Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

We are in the midst of one of the most exciting starts to any Texas basketball season in recent memory. Texas got off to a 4-0 (0-0 Big 12) start through the first couple of weeks of the regular season. That includes a massive 19-point win that head coach Chris Beard and Texas notched at home at the brand new Moody Center on Nov. 16 over the No. 2 ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs and head coach Mark Few.

Beard and the No. 4 ranked Longhorns have plenty to be thankful for during this holiday season. And as Thanksgiving Day approaches early this year on Nov. 24, there is a lot for the Longhorns faithful to reflect upon and be thankful for.

Especially from what this team put on display this season, the Longhorns have plenty to be excited about in terms of what lies ahead for the rest of the 2022-23 campaign.

Texas has high expectations this season, and rightly so. This team looks to be a real Final Four contender this season after dominating a good Gonzaga team and boasting more depth and a more confident rotation top-to-bottom than it did a year ago.

Texas basketball players to be thankful for this season

Here’s a look at three Longhorns players that Texas fans should be thankful for this year.

Dillon Mitchell, F

What Texas fans wouldn’t be excited for the top-rated men’s hoops signee in the Longhorns 2022 class?

Given the solid start to the season for the former elite five-star recruit and true freshman forward Dillon Mitchell, there’s a lot of excitement surrounding his potential contributions to the team. Mitchell has already shown that he can get after it on the glass on both ends of the floor, defend with some grit, and throw down when he’s attacking the basket.

We already have a bunch of highlight moments from Mitchell through the first four games of the season. Some nice alley-oops, explosive offensive rebounders, and electric dunks keep Texas fans on the edge of their seat this season.

Mitchell has also helped to create a real matchup issue at the three or the four for Beard and the Longhorns against really any opposition that Texas faces this season.

And if Mitchell can start to expand his offensive game a little bit further from the basket, I would be even more thankful for his presence with the Longhorns.

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