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With the addition of Mohamed Bamba and the return of Andrew Jones, Texas now has two projected first-round NBA Draft picks in 2018.
And expectations for the Longhorns are understandably high.
“How confident are we?” Texas coach Shaka Smart said Thursday on The 4 Quarters Podcast. “I think we have a chance to make a major jump as a program.”
And why not?
The 6-foot-11 Bamba, who chose Texas over Kentucky, Duke and Michigan, is the projected No. 4 pick in the 2018 Draft per DraftExpress.com. The 6-4 Jones, who tested the NBA Draft waters without an agent, is projected as the No. 21 pick.
As for Jones, who averaged 11.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists, Smart expects him to make a big jump heading into his sophomore season.