These Texas summer enrollees will make an instant impact

Texas's new-look squad for the 2024-25 season in the SEC is highlighted by some high-octane scorers in the backcourt and on the wing.
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Former Oregon State Beavers sophomore transfer guard Jordan Pope was a big addition for Terry and the Longhorns in the portal this spring. It's not often that you find a 17 or 18 points per game scorer who led their team in scoring for multiple seasons while playing against major conference competition.

The 6-foot-2 and 165-pound guard from Oakley, CA, led Oregon State in scoring, assists, and free-throw percentage last season. He was the heart and soul of an Oregon State backcourt that had one of the best guard duos in the Pac-12 last season. Pope and senior shooting guard Dexter Akanno averaged nearly 30 points per game combined last year for the Beavs.

Pope can do a lot for Texas on the offensive end of the floor. He has the ability to lead the offense as the primary ball-handler and facilitator. Pope knows how to setup the offense in the settled half court and he can also handle the ball running out in transition.

As a natural shooter from range, Pope can threaten opposing defenses off-ball from beyond the arc. He could nail shots from three-point range, pulling up off-the-dribble or in catch-and-shoot situations. Pope was Oregon State's only player last season to average at least one assisted and unassisted three-point field goal per game (per CBB Analytics).

Pope played in a system at Oregon State that was one of the slowest tempos in college basketball last season (ranking 312th of 362 Division 1 teams). Summer workouts and preseason camp will be critical for Pope to get adjusted to his new role with Texas's backcourt and to the tempo Terry likes to play at in transition and on the offensive end.