3 bigs Texas is targeting in the portal in early May

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With the spring 45-day window for underclassmen to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal closing earlier this week, the market is likely set for Texas basketball to fill its last remaining scholarship spot this offseason. Texas has five transfers committed in this portal cycle and two more incoming players from the high school ranks in the 2024 signing class.

Which bigs are left for Texas basketball to target in the portal late this spring?

Head coach Rodney Terry and the Longhorns will have another rotation filled with new faces for the upcoming 2024-25 season in the SEC. Texas lost all five starters to the transfer portal or exhausted eligibility this offseason.

Multiple other key bench contributors for the Longhorns either exhausted their eligibility or entered the transfer portal following the conclusion of the 2023-24 season.

The last scholarship spot on Texas's projected roster for the 2024-25 season is very likely reserved for an impact big man. Texas needs to bolster the frontcourt depth after losing its three frontcourt players who played the most minutes last season (Dylan Disu, Dillon Mitchell, and Brock Cunningham).

Here are three portal big men the Longhorns can pursue in early May.

Trevon Brazile, F

A big-time potential transfer target emerged for Terry and staff late in this spring portal window, former Arkansas Razorbacks and Mizzou Tigers redshirt sophomore forward Trevon Brazile. The big 6-foot-9 and 215-pound power forward entered the portal on the last day of the 45-day spring window for underclassmen, on May 1.

Texas is one of the major conference schools that would make a lot of sense for Brazile. Since the Longhorns are joining the SEC next season, Brazile could stay in the same conference he was in for the first three years of his collegiate career at Mizzou and Arkansas.

Brazile's former teammate at Arkansas, redshirt junior guard Tramon Mark, has also already transferred to Texas this offseason. That familiarity between Mark and Brazile from playing together at Arkansas for the last two years could hypothetically help Texas in this portal recruitment.

Texas would like to bolster its paint scoring and rebounding. Last season, the Longhorns ranked bottom five in the Big 12 in rebounding percentage and paint points per game.

Brazile is a good low-post scorer who provides a lengthy and physical presence in the paint on both ends of the floor. He's averaged six rebounds per game in the last two seasons at Arkansas, while ranking in the top 10 in the SEC in total rebounding percentage both years.

The type of paint scoring boost the Longhorns could get with the chemistry and low post efficiency Mark and Brazile bring to the table would be massive. Mark and Brazile ranked one and two for Arkansas, respectively, in field goal percentage on attempts from the paint last season.