3 transfer guards Texas has contacted this week

Texas basketball must add at least a few impact scholarship players from the portal this spring and summer.
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Javon Small

A transfer guard option on this list that the Longhorns are actually familiar with from their time competing in the Big 12 is former Oklahoma State Cowboys and East Carolina Pirates redshirt sophomore Javon Small.

Small scored 13 points along with four rebounds and one assist for Oklahoma State in a convincing 81-65 win for the Longhorns at the Moody Center in Big 12 play on March 2.

After the firing of seventh-year Oklahoma State head coach Mike Boynton last month, many Pokes players announced their intentions to enter the transfer portal. And Small was one of them.

Small has drummed up a plethora of interest from top major conference programs since he officially entered the transfer portal in the last few days. On3 reported on April 8 that Texas is one of over a dozen major conference schools that have contacted Small in the portal.

He's also heard from the Oklahoma Sooners, Georgia Bulldogs, LSU Tigers, Ole Miss Rebels, Texas A&M Aggies, Baylor Bears, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan, Texas Tech, and Villanova since entering the portal earlier this week.

Small has one year of eligibility remaining after spending two seasons at ECU and then one at Oklahoma State.

The No. 1 rated transfer point guard according to 247Sports was Oklahoma State's best and most consistent scorer last season, leading the team with 15.1 points per game. He was one of the few consistent sources of offense for the Pokes last season, as he was one of two players Oklahoma State had that averaged in the double figures for scoring.

Small also led the team in assists per game (4.1) while ranking second in steals and fourth in rebounds.

The 6-foot-2 and 180-pound native of South Bend, IN, is an excellent two-way guard who has experienced success at multiple different levels of conference tiers in college hoops. He has also consistently improved his shooting efficiency and defensive game.

Small shot a career-best 37.4 percent from beyond the arc for Oklahoma State last season and over 86 percent from the free-throw line. He can score the ball from all over the floor, including on mid-range jumpers, open three-point looks, and while running off ball screens.

Texas needs to find a true point guard to run the offense next season. With Abmas's eligibility exhausted and Tyrese Hunter's status for next season uncertain at Texas, Terry doesn't have a single guaranteed returning starter in the backcourt early this offseason.

Small's proven experience and proficiency running an offense heavy on ball screens and three-point shooting could fit nicely in Terry's system at Texas. The former Oklahoma State floor general could also find it appealing to play in a more efficient up-tempo offense at Texas that ranked fifth in the Big 12 and 31st nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency (per KenPom) last season.

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