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Big 12 2019-20 Season Preview: Texas Longhorns

Texas Longhorns

2018-19 Record: 21-16 (8-10)

2018-19 Big 12 Finish: 6th

The Texas Longhorns finished last season strong with a 5-game winning streak. Although the Longhorns are losing star freshman Jaxson Hayes and senior leader Kerwin Roach, they’ll return a few players and they’re bringing in a lot of talent. They have the best recruiting class in the Big 12 and the 13th best in the country.

Players to Watch

Will Baker:

Will Baker is a 5-star prospect and No. 20 player overall in the class of 2019, according to 247sports.com. He’s the No. 7 center and Texas’ best recruit. Baker is a 7’0” center who can run the floor well, has very good footwork to get open shots in the paint, and can shoot the ball exceptionally well.

Andrew Jones:

Andrew Jones is a 6’4”, 195-pound shooting guard. Jones has missed the past two seasons after he was diagnosed with Leukemia but was a big difference maker when he did play. If Jones is 100 percent healthy this season, the Longhorns can easily contend for a Big 12 Championship.

Key Losses

Kerwin Roach:

Kerwin Roach played his four years of college basketball with the Longhorns. He served as a versatile leader who could score when you needed him to and lock-up an opponent in the backcourt. Roach finished his career with 1,411 total points, becoming the 37th player in the program’s history to eclipse 1,000 career points.

Jaxson Hayes:

Jaxson Hayes only played one season at Texas before he declared for the NBA draft. During his freshman season, Hayes averaged 10-points and five rebounds per game. The star big man helped propel the Longhorns to many wins.

Final Thoughts:

The Longhorns have the potential to compete for a conference championship this upcoming season. Will Baker is going to have to fill the role that Hayes played. Andrew Jones, Jericho Sims, Jase Febres, and Matt Coleman will have to step up as they’re the easily the best returning group in the Big 12. This group of players is most definitely one of Shaka Smart’s best teams on paper, and, if things go as planned, Texas could not only compete for a conference championship but they can very well content for a National Championship, too.

Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS

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Jharad K. McClung Lester
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