Texas Basketball: 5 things to watch for vs. Incarnate Word

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Dylan Disu, Texas basketball. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Who steps up in Dylan Disu’s absence?

Dylan Disu will miss the start of the season due to a foot injury he suffered during the 2023 NCAA Tournament. Coach Terry has not given out an official timetable, but murmurs around the program are hopeful for a return by the beginning of conference play.

Disu’s finish to the 2023 season (16.5 points & 7.4 rebounds in his final eight games) proved just how effective he can be when firing on all cylinders. The senior from Pflugerville will likely be a significant cog in any run Texas has in the second half of the season, but for now, they will be without their starting big man.

Virginia transfer Kadin Shedrick is the first name that comes to mind when discussing the absence of Disu. Shedrick, who dealt with a shoulder injury this offseason, was cleared for full-court action last week. “The goal is to be out there Monday,” Shedrick said last Wednesday.

Despite likely playing on a minutes restriction, I am intrigued to see how Shedrick fits in on both ends of the floor. On the defensive end, Coach Terry has high hopes for his ability to command the defense as an active and versatile center. On offense, we know he is a strong rim-runner with solid back-to-the-basket skills. But has his range developed? Will RT allow him to hoist any threes (five attempts last season)?

Behind Shedrick, UTEP transfer Ze’Rik Onyema figures to be a prominent feature in the frontcourt rotation. In the scrimmage against St. Edward’s, Onyema was incredibly active on both ends of the floor. He runs the floor well and is a strong rebounder. His offensive game is not polished, but his energy and ability to attack the rim will pay great dividends for this team.