On Dec. 16, No. 19 Texas basketball and head coach Rodney Terry have potentially their biggest game remaining in non-conference play against the LSU Tigers in the Halal Guys Showcase at Toyota Center in Houston, TX. Texas will be tested again by a major conference team in the third neutral site game of the regular season for Terry's squad.
It sounds like there is at least a chance the Longhorns will get one of their most important players back in the mix against LSU this weekend. Horns247 reported on Dec. 16 (paid content) that there is an "outside chance" that super senior big man Dylan Disu will make his season debut for the Longhorns this weekend in the Halal Guys Showcase in Houston against LSU.
Texas basketball's frontcourt needs Dylan Disu back before conference play
Disu has been recovering from a foot procedure he had during the offseason. He hasn't played a game for the Longhorns since he got two minutes of action on the floor in Texas's Sweet 16 win over the Xavier Musketeers.
In the last couple of games, Disu has taken part in warmups for the Longhorns. He was also dressed out for Texas's 77-50 win at the Moody Center in Austin on Dec. 9 over the Houston Christian Huskies.
Getting Disu back in the mix would obviously be a huge boost for a Longhorns team that is about to begin Big 12 play in just a few weeks. After Texas went 0-2 in their first two Quad 1 games of the regular season, this squad needs all resources available for when they begin the Big 12 slate in the toughest conference in America (according to Kenpom adjusted efficiency conference rankings).
Disu was instrumental to Texas's magical postseason run last season. He averaged 15 points per game and eight rebounds en route to leading Texas to a Big 12 Tournament crown and winning the Big 12 Tournament MVP.
Disu stayed hot in Texas's first two games of the NCAA Tournament. He averaged nearly 23 points per game and 10 rebounds in Texas's wins over the Colgate Raiders and Penn State Nittany Lions in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
Kadin Shedrick has stepped up in the frontcourt
In Disu's absence early this season, redshirt junior and former Virginia transfer Kadin Shedrick has started most games at the five. Junior power forward Ze'Rik Onyema has also gotten a bigger role in the frontcourt early this season with Disu out.
Texas tips off against LSU in the Halal Guys Showcase at Toyota Center in Houston, TX, on Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. CT.