Texas basketball projected 2024-25 starting lineup

Rodney Terry and staff have multiple options to configure the right starting five entering an important season for 2024-25 with lofty expectations for the postseason.
Kadin Shedrick, Texas basketball
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Kadin Shedrick, Texas basketball
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Center: Kadin Shedrick

The only returning player from Texas's prior-year squad to make this starting lineup for the 2024-25 season projection is sixth-year senior big man Kadin Shedrick. The former Virginia transfer in his second year in a Texas uniform has big shoes to fill in Texas's starting lineup at the five after the departure of First-Team All-Big 12 center Dylan Disu.

Shedrick started a handful of games in Big 12 play and in the first half of non-conference play last season for Texas before Disu made his season debut after coming back from a lower-body injury and surgery. At least when he was healthy, Shedrick was a very effective inside scoring presence, along with a good rebounder and rim protector.

At 6-foot-11 and 220-pounds, it's also not surprising that Shedrick has averaged over one block per game in every year of his collegiate career where he's started double-digit games (since 2021).

Shedrick won't give the Longhorns the same type of production as a floor-spacing five who can pretty much put the whole offense on his back in key stretches of games, as Disu did in his final 18 months at Texas and in the postseason. Terry and staff won't have the expectation that Shedrick's usage rate will be north of 25 percent next season because they don't need him to do that much scoring.

What Texas does need from Shedrick is a fully healthy season where he can be a reliable and effective low-post player on both ends of the floor. There is the potential that he could be an even better rebounder and rim protector for Texas's starting frontcourt at the five than Disu provided this team last season.

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