Texas Basketball: 2 studs, 1 dud from Longhorns win in opener vs. UIW

Ze'Rik Onyema, Texas basketball
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Kadin Shedrick. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports
Kadin Shedrick. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports /

Stud: Kadin Shedrick, C

Shedrick had a spectacular debut for the Longhorns in his first game wearing the Burnt Orange after transferring from Virginia in the offseason. Despite being on an apparent minute restriction coming off the bench for Terry and the Longhorns in this game, Shedrick had a big impact on both ends of the floor as one of Texas’ most efficient players.

Coming into this game, we weren’t even sure if Shedrick would be able to play after dealing with an injury issue in camp during the preseason. Disu and Shedrick were both limited due to injuries in summer and preseason training camp.

Shedrick made his presence known from the moment he stepped on the floor a little after the seven-minute mark of the first half. From sending shots back around the rim on the defensive end to slamming it down multiple times on offense, Shedrick was a stud in the paint.

On defense, Shedrick proved to be an effective rim protector, registering a game-high three blocks. He was quick to react to guards driving the lane and held up strong against UIW’s bigs down low.

Offensively, Shedrick showed versatility scoring the ball around the basket from the free-throw line. It’s noteworthy that Shedrick was the only player on either team in this game who scored over a point per minute.


He showed excellent court vision and passing ability on a few dimes, including one that resulted in a thunderous finish by sophomore forward Dillon Mitchell.

Shedrick showed he can be a multi-faceted threat inside the paint on offense, finishing around the rim and facilitating the offense from inside out. He also got to the free-throw line often, nailing 6-of-7 attempts from the stripe. This was a huge night in his Texas debut in what looks to be a really promising season for the fourth-year junior.

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