On top of Jones and Bamba, Texas also returns junior forward Dylan Osetkowski, who sat out last year after transferring from Tulane. He is a physical presence and an inside-outside offensive threat. The Longhorns also return junior guard Kerwin Roach Jr., junior guard Eric Davis Jr., sophomore center James Banks and sophomore guard Jacob Young.
They also bring in point guard Matt Coleman, shooting guard Jase Febres and power forwards Jericho Simms and Royce Hamm Jr. As first reported by ZAGSBLOG, Texas also added Mount Saint Mary’s transfer Elijah Long, who will sit the 2017-18 season.
All of that should help Texas improve upon last year’s 11-22 team that went 4-14 in the Big 12.“It was really challenging,” Smart said of last year. “Unlike any year that I’ve experienced in coaching. At the same time it was a really good learning experience and I think if we’re able to internalize all of the experiences that we had last year and learn lessons and grow and undertsand what works and what doesn’t work, then it can be a really valuable season.” Smart will get his first look at his new team when the Longhorns take a a 2-week tour of Australia Aug. 13-23 to play several exhibition games and tour and explore the country.