5 early Texas transfer targets entering the 2024 offseason

Texas basketball is facing a big offseason to elevate the roster at key positions of need in the rotation in the transfer portal over the next few months.

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Texas needs shooting and guard-scoring depth in the backcourt rotation this offseason. The losses of quality shooters from range such as Abmas, Disu, Cunningham, and Horton means the Longhorns need to replenish the floor spacing and offensive firepower in the core part of the rotation this offseason.

Depending on whether Hunter returns for a third season at Texas in 2024-25, the Longhorns could also be lacking proven experience in the backcourt rotation. Texas's most experienced guard outside of Hunter among the players with remaining eligibility entering the offseason is sophomore guard Chendall Weaver.

Adding an experienced guard via the transfer portal is almost a certain need for Terry and the Longhorns staff this offseason.

One potential option to fill that need could be the former Washington Huskies 6-foot-2 and 175-pound sophomore transfer combo guard Koren Johnson. The reigning Pac-12 Sixth Man of the Year is one of the best guards available in the transfer portal at the moment.

Johnson had a great sophomore campaign for the Huskies, boosting their bench scoring while improving the floor spacing on the offensive end. He was also an above-average defender that could switch between covering the point and the two-guard on the perimeter.

Johnson averaged nearly a dozen points per game off the bench for the Huskies last season, while shooting 44 percent from the field and 37 percent from beyond the arc.

Effective and proven secondary and bench scoring was something that didn't show up consistently for the Longhorns during the 2023-24 season. Adding an efficient two-way scoring guard such as Johnson could help remedy that for Texas's backcourt unit for the 2024-25 campaign.