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Shaka Smart delivers commencement speech at his alma mater

On Saturday, Texas men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart gave the commencement address at his alma mater, Kenyon College. He began with a disclaimer. “I’m a really emotional guy, and as I look out at you guys I see so much of myself in you,” Smart said. “So I’m gonna try … Read More

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Longhorns in the NBA Playoffs: Conference Finals

Eight of the nine former Longhorns that play in the NBA qualified for the NBA playoffs. We’ll follow their progress throughout the postseason. Four advanced to the conference finals. Here’s a look at how they’ve performed thus far. Kevin Durant, SF, Golden State—Durant and the Warriors remained undefeated through 10 … Read More

T.J. Ford, a famous Texas ex, now can call himself a Texas graduate

There it was Friday, plastered all over T.J. Ford’s face. That magic, mega-watt smile that so many Texas fans fell in love with 14 years ago was on full display again inside Bellmont Hall. Ford, the electric point guard who lifted the Longhorns to the 2003 … Read More

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T.J. Ford on The Players’ Tribune: ‘I felt … nothing’

Texas basketball is taking over The Players’ Tribune this week. One day after five-star recruit Mohamed Bamba chose the forum to announce his commitment to the Longhorns, former Texas star T.J. Ford gave fans a blast from the past with an emotional … Read More

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Post Bamba: Texas wins Big 12 recruiting rankings for second straight year

For the second year in a row, Texas men’s basketball and coach Shaka Smart will enter the Big 12 with the league’s best recruiting class and unlike last season, will have the league’s top freshman recruit. Texas’ five-man recruiting class features three 247 Sports top-50 players … Read More

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Social reaction: What people are saying about Texas signee Mohamed Bamba

The top uncommitted player in the 2017 recruiting class, Mohamed Bamba will attend Texas next season, ending a recruitment that featured college basketball blue bloods Duke and Kentucky and even Ivy League power Harvard. Here’s what people were saying on Twitter following a Player’s Tribune article … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Expecting Mo’ wins, Shaka Smart has revamped his Texas men’s program

Over the course of the past five weeks, Shaka Smart landed a hot-shot, four-star point guard who could be the next T.J. Ford and as of Thursday, a five-star big man who might be the first pick of the 2018 NBA draft. Together, 6-foot-11 power forward Mohamed Bamba of Harlem, … Read More

Mo-mentum: Texas edges out Kentucky in battle for 5-star recruit Mohamed Bamba

One particular moment at the NBA scouting combine last week was as insignificant as it was memorable. Behind a row of NBA executives that included Magic Johnson, Texas coach Shaka Smart and assistant Jai Lucas stood all alone. Literally five feet away, Kentucky’s John Calipari was … Read More

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Mohamed Bamba is highest-rated recruit to come to Texas since Kevin Durant

Mohamed Bamba is coming to Austin, instantly becoming the most talented player Shaka Smart has landed in his head coaching career. He’s also tied for the highest-rated recruit to pick Texas since the advent of true recruiting rankings, according to 247 Sports. The talented 6-foot-11-inch, 216-pound center … Read More

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Mohamed Bamba cites business school, Shaka Smart and Texas alumni as reasons for commitment

Thursday morning, five-star center Mohamed Bamba committed to Texas and Shaka Smart for the 2017-18 season via an announcement on The Players’ Tribune website. Bamba cited many reasons for wanting to play for the Longhorns in his write-up starting with his relationship with … Read More

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5-star recruit Mohamed Bamba commits to Texas

Mohamed Bamba has committed to Texas. The McDonald’s All-American announced via The Players’ Tribune on Thursday that he has decided to attend Texas. Texas coach Shaka Smart has scheduled a press conference after receiving Bamba’s scholarship paperwork on Thursday. “Coach Smart understood from day one that I’m someone who is looking to … Read More

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Former Texas swingman Tevin Mack headed to Alabama

Former Texas swingman Tevin Mack will restart his basketball career at Alabama, according to ESPN and Scout. Mack was suspended for the season opener for an undisclosed violation last summer. Then, the team’s leading scorer was suspended again for an undisclosed violation of team rules … Read More

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Now that the NBA Lottery is over, it’s time to look at NBA mock drafts for real

No more guessing on where NBA teams will be drafting. The lottery is over. The Eastern Conference regular season champs (that’s a thing, right?) won the lottery, as the Boston Celtics hope that landing a possible all-star rookie is either the missing piece for a title or an added piece … Read More

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Bohls: Texas ‘not optimistic’ on landing transfer QB Malik Zaire

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: On Texas’ chances to land transfer quarterback Malik Zaire: Texas is still in on Malik Zaire, but a source told me Tuesday … Read More

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A former Longhorn will win an NBA Championship for the second year in a row

Last season Tristan Thompson earned an NBA Championship ring with the Cleveland Cavaliers after his team rallied from 3-1 down to defeat the Golden State Warriors. With the Boston Celtics’ win over Washington in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, it’s guaranteed that a former Longhorn will win an … Read More

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The history of the Frank C. Erwin Jr. Special Events Center

In the spring of 2017, the University of Texas announced plans of a new athletic venue to house indoor sports such as men’s and women’s basketball in what was one of the early steps taken to replace the flan-shaped Frank C. Erwin Jr. Special Events Center. The Erwin Center has … Read More

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ESPN’s Medcalf: Shaka Smart’s biggest challenge next season is ‘winning’

ESPN college basketball writer Myron Medcalf, one of the few ESPN college basketball writers remaining following last month’s layoffs at ESPN, says Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart’s greatest challenge next season will be “winning.” Medcalf examines the challenges facing several college basketball coaches following the NBA Draft Combine … Read More

Jarrett Allen to Texas fans: ‘First thing I’ll say is thank you’

CHICAGO — Former Texas forward Jarrett Allen spoke with the American-Statesman on Friday during the NBA scouting combine. Here are some selected questions and answers from a half-hour interview at the InterContinental hotel: What would you want to say to all Texas fans? First … Read More

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Longhorns in the NBA Playoffs: Second Round

Eight of the nine former Longhorns that play in the NBA qualified for the NBA playoffs. We’ll follow their progress throughout the postseason. Seven remained after the first round. Here’s a look at how they’ve performed thus far. Kevin Durant, SF, Golden State—Durant and the Warriors remained undefeated as they … Read More

NBA teams spend time getting to know Texas freshman Jarrett Allen

CHICAGO — Oh, to be a fly on the wall inside a team meeting with NBA executives at the scouting combine. One team asked Iowa State’s Monte Morris a trick math question. Another asked Kansas’ Frank Mason III how he’d like to die. “I said, ‘In … Read More