Texas Basketball: 3 key players struggling mightily for UT

Kadin Shedrick, Texas basketball
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Kadin Shedrick, Texas basketball
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After getting off to a hot start for the Longhorns this season, redshirt junior center Kadin Shedrick has been much more limited in Big 12 play. Shedrick has averaged just one point per game over two contests in Big 12 play after scoring in the double figures in non-conference play.

Shedrick missed the win over Cincinnati in Big 12 play for the Longhorns due to a back injury. He was available for Terry's squad in their last game, the loss to West Virginia. But Shedrick was limited to just four minutes off the bench since he reaggravated the back injury that caused him to miss the previous game.

Another reason for Shedrick's limited production in the last few weeks is the return of super senior big man Dylan Disu. After missing the first month of the regular season, Disu made his return to the starting lineup in the last few games.

Disu took the spot that Shedrick held down in the starting frontcourt at the five for 11 games in the first half of the regular season.

You can't really blame Shedrick for the dip in production when it's because of limited playing time since Disu's return or the lingering back issues.

But Texas needs more from Shedrick when he is healthy in the rotation.

In two of his last four starts, Shedrick hasn't made the necessary impact the Longhorns need from him in the frontcourt. In those two aforementioned starts, Shedrick averaged just 1.5 points per game and four rebounds while shooting 1-of-9 from the field and 1-of-2 from the free-throw line.

Shedrick has yet to show up for the Longhorns in games against Quad 1 and 2 teams this season.

He'll need to step up down the stretch in Big 12 play if this frontcourt is to live up to its potential and lead the Longhorns on a deep postseason run this year.