4 most painful Texas basketball transfer departures all-time

The transfer portal is a two-way street for most programs, which is the case for Texas in the 2020s.
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The NCAA Transfer Portal has played a huge role in the construction of Texas basketball's roster in the last few years. With Texas turning over two coaching staffs in the last four years, the transfer portal was bound to have an impact on the direction of the program and the roster-building strategies on the Forty Acres.

Costliest Texas basketball portal departures of all-time

Head coach Rodney Terry has done well utilizing the transfer portal to build teams that are at least capable of making good postseason runs in the NCAA Tournament.

Texas has picked up some quality players in the transfer portal again this offseason to try and elevate the roster entering the SEC for the 2024-25 season. Terry and the Longhorns have added multiple immediate impact transfers this spring, as well as depth in key areas to round out the backcourt and wing rotations.

But the transfer portal is still a two-way street. Multiple players that the Longhorns likely didn't want to see leave the program have found other homes via the transfer portal in the last few offseasons. Texas has lost over a dozen players to the transfer portal since the 2021 offseason.

Here are four of the most painful portal departures of all-time for the Longhorns.

Rowan Brumbaugh, G

Redshirt freshman guard Rowan Brumbaugh was recruited to Texas as a talented and lengthy four-star point guard prospect from the east coast. He redshirted his true freshman year as a long-term guard with high upside.

But the departure of former Texas head coach Chris Beard last year led to Brumbaugh leaving the program to enter the portal last offseason. He transferred to Georgetown entering the 2023-24 season.

Unfortunately, Texas could've used a lengthy guard who could create offense and reliably knock down shots from beyond the arc coming off the bench last season.

Brumbaugh had a solid redshirt freshman campaign at Georgetown last season. He averaged eight points per game, two rebounds, and three assists while shooting solid clips from beyond the arc (37 percent) and the free-throw line (78.9 percent).

After spending one year at Georgetown, Brumbaugh is back in the transfer portal for the second time in as many years this offseason.