Posts Tagged ‘longhorn basketball’

Texas Longhorns PG Javan Felix invited to USA Basketball U19 training camp

Posted by    |    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:06 pm

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According to a press release from Texassports.com, freshman point guard Javan Felix will participate in USA Basketball’s U19 training camp this summer. The camp will be held from June 14-19, and 24 players will be in attendance. Of the 24 players, 12 will be chosen to represent Team USA in the FIBA U19 World Championship, held later this summer.

It’s a bit of good news for a Texas Longhorns team that has recently seen hard times. Last season, Felix started the first 23 games at point guard, admirably filling in for the suspended Myck Kabongo. Felix finished the remainder of the season coming off the bench, backing up both guard spots. Felix ended the year averaging 6.8 PPG and 4.1 APG, and shooting 35.4% from the field.

Fellow Big 12 freshman Marcus Smart will also be in camp. Barring injury, Smart will take starting point guard duties going into the World Championship. Felix will be competing for a backup point guard spot. Also in camp are Ryan Arcidiacono (a freshman from Villanova), Kris Dunn (a freshman from Providence), Rodney Purvis (a freshman from Connecticut), James Robinson (a freshman from Pittsburgh), and Nigel Williams-Goss (a HS senior committed to Washington).

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2013 SG Kendal Yancy-Harris schedules official visit to Texas Longhorns

Posted by    |    March 25th, 2013 at 9:07 am

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2013 guard Kendal Yancy-Harris from Richardson (Tex.) Berkner will visit the Texas Longhorns on March 28, according to multiple sources. Yancy-Harris had originally signed a Letter of Intent to play for the USC Trojans, but requested and was granted a release following the firing of head coach Kevin O’Neill. He is also considering the Baylor Bears and Missouri Tigers, but his interest has almost wholly been in favor of Texas.

Yancy-Harris took an unofficial visit to Texas in February, when the Longhorns played Oklahoma State. He hasn’t taken visits to any other schools. ESPN’s Dave Telep reported that Yancy-Harris’ decision will take place almost immediately following his Texas visit ($). In addition, 247’s Jerry Meyer reported the visit date of March 28, as well as the expectation that the Longhorns would be the pick.

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Big 12 Tournament: Texas Longhorns 70, TCU Horned Frogs 57

Posted by    |    March 14th, 2013 at 8:03 am

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For the first 32 minutes, I seriously questioned whether the Texas Longhorns were even minutely better than their opponent, the TCU Horned Frogs. Then TCU went ice cold from both the three-point line and the free throw line, Texas made a few smart decisions on offense, and that was all she wrote.

Like Texas’ previous matchup with TCU, the double digit margin of victory belies how close the game really was and how mediocre Texas looked for a majority of the game. But at this point in the season, the only thing that matters to Texas is the W. With the victory, the Longhorns advance to play #2 seed Kansas St. tonight.

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2013 Big 12 Basketball Championship Preview

Posted by    |    March 12th, 2013 at 11:00 am

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The Big 12 Tournament starts tomorrow, with the top 6 teams in the conference drawing opening round byes. Those 6 teams are still in NCAA Tournament contention, with a few bubble teams needing one or two victories to feel safe(r) about their Tournament chances. Below, a brief rundown.

MY PICK

#3 Oklahoma St. Cowboys (vs. Baylor – Th 3/14 8:30p)

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Oklahoma St. Cowboys 78, Texas Longhorns 65: Post-Mortem

Posted by    |    March 4th, 2013 at 9:00 am

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As expected, the Texas Longhorns couldn’t sustain the momentum of an epic comeback win against Oklahoma. In Stillwater, Texas played the Oklahoma St. Cowboys pretty well, but the better team won.

Analzying the game through a macro lens, the Cowboys provide an interesting case study in mapping out Texas’ future. Last year, Oklahoma St. finished the season a disappointing 15-18 (7-11 in the Big 12), then lost leading scorer Keiton Page (17.1 PPG) to graduation. Yet somehow, the Cowboys have already increased their win total by 7, currently sitting at a rosy 22-6.

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