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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Texas lost two key starters to the transfer portal this spring, junior guard Tyrese Hunter and sophomore forward Dillon Mitchell. Hunter and Mitchell were both multi-year starters for Terry and the Longhorns who helped Texas win at least one NCAA Tournament game in each of the last two postseasons.

Mitchell and Hunter both entered the transfer portal on the same day in mid-April (April 15). One week after entering the transfer portal on April 15, Hunter found a home, comitting to head coach Penny Hardaway and the Memphis Tigers in the AAC.

Not only did Mitchell enter the transfer portal this spring, but he also declared early for the 2024 NBA Draft. This is the second straight year that Mitchell has at least tested the waters in the NBA Draft by going through the scouting process.

Mitchell also did so last offseason before returning to Texas for his sophomore season.

But it looks like Mitchell is on his way out for good at Texas this time around. He's already taken visits to other schools, including the Miami Hurricanes last weekend. The No. 3 transfer power forward in the 247Sports Composite will have plenty of options to choose from in the portal this spring if he does ultimately withdraw from the NBA Draft before the deadline later this month.

Adding frontcourt depth and a solid low post player is a big need for the Longhorns in the portal late this spring. Mitchell's departure meant Texas lost over 30 starts in the frontcourt in the last two seasons combined. That type of experience and athleticism that Mitchell brought to the Texas frontcourt unit won't be easy to replace.

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