Indiana St transfer Julian Larry visiting Texas this weekend

Texas basketball is getting more active in the transfer portal with the dead period for in-person visits lifting this weekend.
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Brandon Jenkins of 247Sports reported on April 11 that Texas basketball is scheduled to host former Indiana State Sycamores redshirt junior transfer guard Julian Larry this weekend. Larry is the second NCAA Transfer Portal target that Texas and head coach Rodney Terry have scheduled for an official visit this week.

Former Air Force Falcons sophomore transfer forward Rytis Petraitis is also scheduled to officially visit Texas this weekend.

Texas basketball to host two-way standout transfer guard Julian Larry for a visit in the next few days

The Third-Team All-Missouri Valley Conference guard Larry has also had contact with the Oklahoma Sooners, Kansas Jayhawks, Baylor Bears, Kansas State Wildcats, and Texas Tech Red Raiders, among other schools, since entering the portal on April 9.

Larry entered the portal after his head coach at Indiana State, Josh Shertz, was recently hired to be the next head coach of the Saint Louis Billikens. Texas is the only school Larry is scheduled to visit as of the writing of this article on April 11.

On3's Jamie Shaw reported on April 11 that the Texas visit is "worth monitoring" for Longhorns hoops fans this weekend. Texas was one of the early major conference schools to contact Larry after he entered the portal a couple of days ago.

Terry and the Longhorns need to add more proven experience in the guard rotation, along with outside shooting threats on the offensive end.

The 6-foot-3 and 185-pound Larry was one of just two MVC players who shot over 45 percent from beyond the arc last season. He is a career 40 percent shooter from beyond the arc, meaning he could hypothetically replace some of the outside shooting Texas is losing among the key departures due to exhausted eligibility this offseason.

Larry is also a proven facilitator and premier perimeter defender. He was a First-Team MVP All-Defense selection in 2023-24. He's shown remarkable consistency on the defensive end of the floor, ranking in the top 10 in the MVP in defensive box plus/minus in each of the last four seasons.

In the season that was, Larry had his best campaign as a facilitator. He averaged a career-high 4.8 assists per game (with just two turnovers per game), which ranked top three in the MVC in 2023-24.

The other connection Texas has to this portal recruitment is the geographic proximity to Larry's hometown of Frisco, TX. Larry is from just a few hours up I-35 in the DFW Metroplex from the University of Texas-Austin.

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