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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Jaylon Tyson
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Former four-star recruit and Plano, TX, native wing Jaylon Tyson came with Beard to Texas entering the 2021-22 season. Tyson was originally committed to Beard and the Texas Tech Red Raiders as a high-four-star recruit in the 2021 class.

In a quick offseason turnaround where Beard had to construct his roster largely acquiring immediate impact players from the transfer portal, Tyson offered a glimpse of long-term potential as the lone ranked high school signee in that 2022 recruiting class.

Like Baker, Tyson didn't get much of a chance to contribute to the Longhorns as a core part of the rotation as a true freshman. Texas's proven depth and experience on the wing limited Tyson to just eight games played and 1.8 points per game in 2021-22.

Tyson transferred from Texas after just one season in Austin. He was looking for more playing time where he could consistently contribute in a wing or frontcourt role. Tyson committed to Texas Tech for the second time as a recruit, this time from the transfer portal.

The 6-foot-7 and 210-pound Tyson was a meaningful two-way contributor on the wing for the Red Raiders. Tyson left Texas Tech for the Cal Golden Bears after one season in Lubbock due to coaching turnover from a situation during a Red Raider practice that cost head coach Mark Adams his job in 2023.

Tyson blossomed into one of the top two-way wings in the Pac-12 in his first year at Cal in 2023-24. He ranked third in the Pac-12 in points per game, averaging a career-high 19.6 points while earning all-conference first-team honors.