Big 12 Basketball

Texas Men’s Basketball 2022-23 Roster Analysis

Leading up to the opening of the 2022-23 Big 12 Men’s basketball season Heartland College Sports will analyze each of the Big 12 men’s basketball rosters. Today it’s the Texas Longhorns.

2021-22 Season-Ending Roster: F Timmy Allen, G Andrew Jones, G Marcus Carr, G Courtney Ramey, F Dylan Disu, G Devin Askew, F Cole Bott, G Tristen Licon, G Jase Febres, G Avery Benson, F Brock Cunningham, G Gavin Perryman, F Christian Bishop, F Tre Mitchell.

 

No longer at Texas: Jones (turned pro), Ramey (transferred to Arizona), Askew (transferred to California), Licon (not on roster), Febres (out of eligibility), Benson (out of eligibility), Mitchell (transferred to West Virginia)

2022-23 Season-Opening Roster: F Timmy Allen (6-6, Sr.), F Dylan Disu (6-9, Sr.), G Arterio Morris (6-3, Fr.), G Rowan Brumbaugh (6-4, Fr.), G Tyrese Hunter (6-0, So.), G Marcus Carr (6-2, Sr.), G Sir’Jabari Rice (6-4, Sr.), F Cole Bott (6-6, r-Fr.), G Gavin Perryman (6-1, r-Fr.), F Alex Anamekwe (6-5, Fr.), F Preston Clark (6-6, Fr.), F Dillon Mitchell (6-8, Fr.), F Brock Cunningham (6-6, Sr.), F Christian Bishop (6-7, Sr.).

How The Longhorns Are Built

Returning Players (7): Allen, Disu, Carr, Bott, Perryman, Cunningham, Bishop.

Transfers (2): Hunter (transferred from Iowa State), Rice (transferred from New Mexico State).

Freshman/Recruiting Class (5): Morris, Brumbaugh, Anamekwe, Clark, Mitchell.

 

Potential starting lineup: Allen, Carr, Hunter, Rice, Bishop

Why?: All five of the projected starters either started at Texas or another school last season. Allen led the Longhorns in scoring (12.1 points) and rebounds (6.4) per game. Carr was second in scoring at 11.4 points and dished out a team-high 117 assists. His shooting (39.4 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from the 3-point line) needs to get better. Bishop started 23 of Texas’ 34 games and averaged 7.0 points and 5.6 rebounds. Texas got a couple of looks at Hunter last season when he started as a freshman at Iowa State. He averaged 11 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. But he had a great NCAA Tournament for the Cyclones, helping them to the Sweet 16. Rice has been one of the best players in the Western Athletic Conference the past three seasons at New Mexico State. He averaged 11.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists last season. This feels like a good starting point for Texas.

 

The bench: Cunningham, Disu, Morris, Mitchell

Why? Cunningham is a player that both former Texas coach Shaka Smart and current Texas coach Chris Beard have relied upon for tough defense and hustle. Disu will be the first forward off the bench and is versatile enough to back up both Allen and Bishop. Morris and Mitchell are the biggest pieces of Beard’s first full recruiting class. Both were five-star players and high school All-Americans, and both will contribute early. It may take an injury to get one or both in the starting lineup this season.

The wild card: Brumbaugh. The Longhorns have a third Top 100 player in their 2022 class, and it’s Brumbaugh, who played point guard in Northfield, Mass. He’s coming to a program with a glut of talent at his position, some of which will be out the door at season’s end. Whatever help you can get from him this season is a positive.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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