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In the era of galloping transfers, Texas stands out

Chris Beard of Texas has prepared for his first season coaching at his alma mater by assembling a virtual team of transfer stars from across the country.

Now it’s a question of how quickly these new Longhorns can establish chemistry.


“Our team is a work in progress,” said Beard, who coached Texas Tech to the NCAA Tournament Finals in 2019. “We have a lot of experience. I think that would be the identity of the team. we’re the first to tell you that we’re really inexperienced at playing together. It’s a bit like experienced inexperience, if that makes sense. “

Even in the era of the transfer portal, with nearly every school adding at least one player every year who started their college career elsewhere, Beard’s rebuilding of the Texas roster is remarkable.

The Longhorns’ transfer roster for fifth place includes forward Timmy Allen (formerly Utah), Dylan Disu (Vanderbilt), Christian Bishop (Creighton) and Tre Mitchell (UMass) as well as guards Devin Askew (Kentucky) Marcus Carr (Minnesota), Tristen Licon (Division III Sul Ross State program) and Avery Benson (Texas Tech).

Allen, who has averaged over 17 points each of the past two seasons, was an all-Pac-12 first-team player in 2021 and a second-team selection in 2020. Carr has 19.4 points and 4 , 9 assists per game as the Big Ten first-pick last season. Disu was the Southeastern Conference’s top rebounder (9.2) last season.

Mitchell averaged 18.8 points and 7.2 rebounds for UMass last year to win all 10 All-Atlantic first-team honors. Askew played nearly 30 minutes per game for Kentucky in the freshman last season. Bishop averaged 11 points and 6.4 rebounds.

“That’s why I came here – to be surrounded by the best players, to be surrounded by the best coaches, to be pushed every day,” Carr said.

They also hope to experience the success that escaped them during their previous stopovers. Benson and Bishop are the only Division I transfers from Texas to play for NCAA tournament teams last season.

“I’m a winner and looking to win championships,” Allen said. “I try to be surrounded by the best players in the country every day.”

Other notable transfers that should impact their new squads this season (old schools listed in brackets):


BAYLOR: G James Akinjo (Arizona)

Baylor won the national title last year thanks in large part to transfers such as Davion Mitchell and MaCio Teague. Akinjo would like to continue this tradition. The 6-foot-1 goaltender placed 11th in the Pac-12 in scorers (15.6) and second in assists (5.4) last season to claim first-team All-Pac honors. 12. He also shot 40.8% from 3 points. He spent two years in Georgetown before playing in Arizona last season.

OREGON: F Quincy Warrior (Syracuse)

Guerrier had 13.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game for Syracuse last season. The 6-8 forward joins former Oklahoma goaltender De’Vion Harmon and former Rutgers goaltender Jacob Young as transfers on the Oregon roster. Young had 14.1 points per game for Rutgers and Harmon scored 12.9 points per game for Oklahoma last season.

MICHIGAN: G DeVante ‘Jones (Carolina Coastal)

Jones was the Sun Belt Player of the Year last season and placed second in the conference for scorers in each of the past two years. He averaged 17.4 points in 2019-2020 and 19.3 points last year. He also had 7.2 rebounds per game last season to place eighth in the conference. The transfer of 6-1 graduates is expected to go straight into a starring role with Michigan.

ARKANSAS: G Chris Lykes (Miami)

Although Lykes only played two games last year due to an ankle injury, he has ranked among the Atlantic Coast Conference’s top 10 scorers in each of the previous two seasons. He averaged 16.2 points to place ninth in the league in 2018-19 and had 15.4 points per game to rank 10th in the league in 2019-20. The 5-foot-7 Lykes graduated from Miami this spring.

KANSAS: G Remy Martin (Arizona State)

The 6-footer has averaged 19.1 points each of the past two seasons and led the Pac-12 in scoring last year. Martin has won All-Pac-12 first-team honors each of the past two seasons after being a second-team selection in 2018-19, while he was also the co-sixth man of the year in the league.

KENTUCKY: F Oscar Tshiebwe (West Virginia)

Tshiebwe transferred to Kentucky in the middle of last season, but was only able to play for his new team this year. The Wildcats are hoping he can provide the job presence they lacked last season, when he averaged 8.5 points and 7.8 rebounds in 10 games for West Virginia. He had 11.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in his freshman in 2019-20. Tshiebwe heads a Kentucky transfer roster that also includes former Davidson goalie Kellan Grady and former Georgia goaltender Sahvi Wheeler.

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