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2012/13 Preseason NCAA Top 25: #25 – Texas Longhorns

Fall is here, and school is back in session, which means the good times are almost here – the start of college basketball season!  To get you ready for this upcoming season, The Hoops Manifesto presents to you its preseason top 25 team rankings, based on the input from our esteemed voting panel.  We start off with #25: Texas Longhorns.

Big thanks to our voting panel: Jeff Fox (@HoopsManifesto) from The Hoops Manifesto, Perry Missner (@PerryMissner) from RotoWire, Ray Bala (@CanBallReport) who writes The Can Ball Report on Raptors HQ, Adam Francis (@RaptorsHQ) from Raptors HQ, and Ian (@SoxAndDawgs) from SOX & Dawgs.

#25 – Texas Longhorns

2011/12: 20-14, lost NCAA Tournament Second Round

Key Returning Players:

Myck Kabongo – Point Guard – Sophomore

9.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.2 apg, 1.3 spg

Sheldon McClellan – Shooting Guard – Sophomore

11.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.0 spg

Julien Lewis – Shooting Guard – Sophomore

7.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.0 spg

Jonathan Holmes – Power Forward – Sophomore

7.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg
 

Key Newcomers:

Cameron Ridley – Center – #29 ranked prospect, Rivals.com

Prince Ibeh – Center – #55 ranked prospect, Rivals.com

Javan Felix – Point Guard – #110 ranked prospect, Rivals.com

Top NBA Prospect:

Myck Kabongo – projected top 25 pick, 2013 NBA Draft

Outlook:

Rick Barnes has never had trouble attracting top talent to Austin, and this year is no different, as the Longhorns incoming freshman class is one of the top rated in the nation.  Having this talent stick around for more than a year – and translating all that skill into wins on the court – hasn’t been as easy for Barnes and company.  This year could be different, as last season’s top freshman, Myck Kabongo, actually stuck around for his sophomore year.  Hopefully after a summer spent practicing with the Canadian National Team and its new General Manager, Steve Nash, Kabongo will be able to improve on his 39.1% shooting from the field.  He’ll be joined by a trio of talented sophomores that will help fill the scoring void left by the departed J’Covan Brown.  The top newcomers are both big men, which this team needs – Cameron Ridley is a 6’9″ 270 pound bruiser in paint, while Prince Ibeh is 6’11” with a 7’4″ wingspan and athleticism that belies his size.  The new bigs should mesh well with the returning sophomore guards to give the Longhorns a balanced attack.  But will that translate to NCAA Tournament success?

  

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