Stud: Kadin Shedrick, C
Arguably Texas's most efficient player on both ends of the floor in this win over UTA was the former Virginia Cavaliers transfer and redshirt junior center Kadin Shedrick. The 6-foot-11 big man was another key Longhorns player who had a strong bounce-back performance on New Year's Day against UTA after remaining pretty quiet on both ends of the floor in the last few weeks.
Shedrick seems to be settling in well in this new role in the frontcourt after the return of super senior big man Dylan Disu to the rotation in the last couple of weeks. Disu and Shedrick have started playing more minutes on the floor simultaneously as the former of the two bigs has started to space the floor effectively for the Longhorns.
The results have shown up with Disu and Shedrick playing more effective minutes together on the floor. In the last couple of games, Shedrick has scored in the double figures while shooting well over 50 percent from the field.
Shedrick provided the Longhorns with a real spark as an effective source of paint scoring against UTA. He registered 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field and an efficient 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. Shedrick led the team in points per minutes in this game, with 17 in 26 minutes on the floor (.654 PPM).
His 17 points are the most Shedrick has scored in a single game since Texas's Nov. 26 win at the Moody Center over the Wyoming Cowboys.
Shedrick was active on the glass on both ends for the Longhorns. His efforts on the offensive glass, reeling in three offensive boards, helped Texas register a season-high 20 offensive rebounds. Before this game, Texas hadn't registered over 13 offensive boards in a single game.
Shedrick was also instrumental to helping Texas defend around the rim. He was one of two Longhorns players (along with senior forward Brock Cunningham) who registered multiple blocks in this win over UTA.
This type of scoring effort and rim protection is exactly what Texas needs from Shedrick. This game was the third time this season that Shedrick registered at least 15 points along with multiple blocks. Texas is now 3-0 with three double-digit victories in non-conference play when Shedrick posts that type of stat line.
All in all, it's huge for the Longhorns to have Shedrick and Disu both healthy and clicking together in the frontcourt before Big 12 play tips off on Jan. 6 at the Moody Center against Texas Tech.