3 Texas players who could've played their last game at UT

Which key Texas players scholarship players with eligibility remaining could still depart after the 2023-24 season?

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Tyrese Hunter, Texas basketball
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Texas's top guard duo of Abmas and junior Tyrese Hunter struggled to facilitate the offense and drive efficient scoring possessions in the settled half-court in the two NCAA Tournament games. Abmas and Hunter combined for 13 turnovers and just seven assists as the Texas offense looked really sloppy against Colorado State in the Round of 64 and this weekend against the Vols.

Arguably, Texas's best guard during the two games in March Madness was sophomore Chendall Weaver. The former UTA transfer provided defensive stability and switchability for the Longhorns against a good and experienced Tennessee backcourt in the Round of 32.

He also brought a real spark and confidence boost for the Longhorns on the offensive end, scoring two dozen points while shooting over 50 percent from the field.

The showing from Texas's backcourt in the postseason leaves more questions than answers for the future of this unit entering the offseason. Abmas obviously was a great scorer for the Longhorns, and one of the all-time great scorers in Division 1 college hoops.

Texas must replace that primary source of offensive playmaking and facilitating that Abmas brought to the backcourt this season. There clearly isn't another player on the roster or in this recruiting class that can score at the level Abmas did over the course of his accomplished collegiate career.

Hunter could assume the role of Texas's primary ball-handling guard if he returns to Texas for a third season. He's got the experience as a primary facilitator from the last three seasons at Texas and Iowa State playing in the Big 12.

On the other hand, we have to consider that Hunter entering the NBA Draft this summer is a real possibility. He declared early for the draft last year before withdrawing his name to play for a second season for the Longhorns.

I don't think it's a guarantee that Hunter would be the top facilitator and ball handler for Terry's backcourt next season. The addition of Johnson and Scott could take offensive opportunities away from Hunter.

Texas could also look in the portal to find a replacement for the experience, scoring, and ball-handling that they're losing with Abmas departing this coming offseason.

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