3 biggest portal whiffs for Texas basketball this spring

Multiple factors led to the shaping of this talented Texas portal class who will play a big role in next season's success on the 40 Acres.
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Since the spring NCAA Transfer Portal closed over one month ago for new entrants, Texas basketball and head coach Rodney Terry have more stability with the projected roster for the 2024-25 season. The spring window is closed for underclassmen to enter the transfer portal.

Biggest portal misses for Texas basketball and Rodney Terry during the spring window

But graduate students can enter the transfer portal at any time.

The pool of portal players available for Terry and the Longhorns staff to pursue this offseason is pretty limited at this point. In the previous two offseasons, over 90 percent of transfers wound up signing with their new schools in the portal by the start of June of that year.

Considering most transfers have found their new homes this offseason, we're pretty sure the 12 scholarship players the Longhorns have in the mix after landing three-star big man Jamie Vinson on Monday is pretty much the group they'll take into next season. Texas does still have one scholarship spot remaining to add a key piece from the portal early this summer.

But there's also a chance that Terry will keep that spot open entering next season and stand pat with the portal and high school signing classes for 2024 he already has. That gives us some time to reflect on what Terry and Co. have done in the portal and what needs remain based on what they didn't add to the rotation entering the inaugural year in the SEC.

Here's a look at the three biggest portal whiffs for Texas this offseason.

Rytis Petraitis, F

Terry and staff looked to bring former Air Force Falcons sophomore forward Rytis Petraitis back to his home state after he entered the portal this spring. Petraitis visited Texas and the Cal Golden Bears and decided between them as his top two schools.

After visiting both Texas and Cal, Petraitis committed to the Golden Bears over the Longhorns. He is one of nearly a double-digit number of portal pickups for Cal as second-year head coach Mark Madsen continues to reshape the Golden Bears roster this offseason.

Texas wanted Petraitis to get an impact playmaker to fill out the frontcourt rotation for next season. Petraitis was one of the better scoring forwards from a Division 1 school in the portal this spring.

The Longhorns picked up former Indiana State Sycamores redshirt junior forward Jayson Kent to fill a depth need and add proven experience to the frontcourt entering next season.