Texas Basketball: 2 studs, 1 dud from UT’s late rally win vs. Texas State

Max Abmas, Texas basketball. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
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Dillon Mitchell, Texas basketball
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Stud: Dillon Mitchell, F

This was another solid outing in the win over Texas State for Texas’s talented sophomore forward, Dillon Mitchell. The potential first-round 2024 NBA Draft pick showed up in a big way on both ends of the floor. Mitchell did a little bit of everything for the Longhorns in this win over Texas State.

Mitchell’s best work against Texas State came around the rim with his rebounding and rim protection. He made a living on the glass on this night, tying a team and game-high with 11 rebounds (including three offensive boards). Redshirt junior center Kadin Shedrick also pulled in 11 rebounds (four offensive boards) against Texas State.

It’s noteworthy that this was Mitchell’s third career double-double in his collegiate career, as he also scored 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field.

Mitchell is now getting very close to averaging double figures in total rebounds this season after he came into today with 8.5 rebounds per game.

Texas State also had trouble finishing at the rim in this game, thanks to a combined seven blocks from Mitchell and Shedrick. Mitchell’s four blocks doubles his previous career high of two. In this game, Mitchell had as many blocks himself as Texas State as a team.

To add to his solid night defensively, Mitchell also managed one steal to go along with his four blocks.

On the offensive end, the only big flaw for Mitchell was his free-throw shooting. He shot just 1-of-4 from the free-throw line, which brings his free-throw percentage on the season back down to around 50 percent.

Mitchell needs to clean up the issues at the line, as he’s now shot 25 percent or worse in three games this season.

Something else that was nice to see on the offensive end for Mitchell was two assists. He continues to distribute the basketball well from inside the arc. Mitchell has registered two or more assists in five of his seven games this season.

This was a very solid two-way effort for Mitchell that continues to highlight his growth on the offensive end and dominance around the glass on defense.

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