No. 18 Texas basketball took part in the first big event in front of the fans on the Forty Acres this preseason with the Orange-White scrimmage on Oct. 17 at Gregory Gymnasium in Austin. The Orange-White Scrimmage comes a little under one month before the 2023-24 regular season tips off at home at the Moody Center in Austin on Nov. 6 against the Incarnate Word Cardinals.
It was good for the Longhorns faithful to see all the new faces on the team before regular season action tips off next month. New full-time head coach Rodney Terry and the Longhorns turned over more than half of last season’s roster during the offseason.
Texas basketball players that shined in the Orange-White Scrimmage
Terry and the Longhorns added five key players via the NCAA Transfer Portal, most notably the former Oral Roberts senior guard Max Abmas. The Longhorns also signed two new scholarship players from the high school ranks in the 2023 class.
The rest of Texas’ roster this season is made up of returning players. Texas returns five players from last season’s team.
The first action for the Longhorns in front of the fans this preseason saw the Orange Team top the White Team by a score of 34-23. The scrimmage lasted 36 minutes at Gregory Gym on Oct. 17.
Here are three players that stood out in the Longhorns Orange-White Scrimmage.
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This is the type of game/scrimmage you would expect a gritty player like super senior forward Brock Cunningham to show out. Cunningham gives 110 percent in every scenario on the basketball court, whether it’s practice, a scrimmage, or live-game action.
And that’s exactly what Cunningham did to help the Orange Team get the 11-point win over the White Team. Cunningham contributed in a big way on both ends of the floor. He provided the Orange Team a boost on the offensive glass, with a scrimmage-high four offensive boards.
The sixth-year forward also gave the Longhorns a scoring boost, registering six points on just three field goal attempts. Cunningham got two field goals inside the arc and was a perfect 2-of-2 from the charity stripe.
Cunningham came up big on the defensive end, with a scrimmage-high three steals.
Considering that Cunningham only missed one field goal attempt and didn’t turn the ball over a single time, he looks primed for another impactful season for the Longhorns on both ends of the floor.