Kendal Yancy

Sophomore guard Kendal Yancy more than doubled his previous career high with a 29-point outburst against Iowa State on Saturday. In his last three games, he’s scored 51 points.
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When sophomore guard Martez Walker left the University following multiple arrests in the fall, it was unclear how his minutes would be distributed among the backcourt.

Walker scored double figures in four of the last five contests of his freshman campaign, overcoming early-season struggles and demonstrating his potential value to the 2014–2015 squad. 

With his departure, there was a gaping hole in the Texas backcourt alongside sophomore guard Isaiah Taylor. Junior guard Demarcus Holland likely would have started but, while he is an elite defensive player, he does not have a scorer’s mentality. Junior guard Javan Felix, on the other hand, can score in bunches but struggles on the defensive end.

By default, Texas’ best hope for a complete guard rested in the maturation and development of sophomore Kendal Yancy. But could the guard who averaged only 3.4 points per game as a freshman take the necessary leap in production?

Early in the season the prognosis looked negative. 

When the 2K Classic concluded, he was only averaging 4.25 points per game while making less than 38 percent of his shots from the field.

However, because of injuries to both Taylor and Felix, Yancy was inserted into Texas’ starting lineup when it returned to Austin to face Saint Francis. His response was 12 points and six rebounds, tying his then career-highs in both.

In the win, Yancy attempted 10 shots. He wouldn’t match  that number again until setting a new career-high in points with 14 in a 74–71 overtime loss to Stanford. The performance was one of the most efficient efforts of his career. He finished with an effective field goal percentage of 65 percent and a true shooting percentage of 67 percent. 

Effective shooting percentage adjusts for the fact that a 3-point field goal is worth one more point than a 2-point field goal, whereas true shooting percentage takes into account field goals, 3-point field goals and free throws.

Despite these efforts, the sophomore played less than eight minutes per game against Texas’ first eight conference opponents, scoring 1 point per contest.

Following concussions to
Felix in a loss at Baylor and to senior forward Jonathan Holmes in a loss to Oklahoma State, Yancy once again was thrust into the starting lineup and, this time, was determined to stay.

In wins over Kansas State, TCU and Texas Tech the sophomore did not produce very eye-popping numbers, but he appeared to be a positive presence on the floor. However, in losses to Oklahoma, Iowa State and West Virginia, Yancy asserted himself on the offensive end and did all he could to help out a team that struggled to hit baskets.

He scored a career-high 29 points against Iowa State— the most a Longhorn has scored in a game since Myck Kabongo dropped 31 points in Texas’ 22-point come-from-behind victory over Oklahoma in 2013. Perhaps even more impressively, Yancy sunk six threes in the loss — the same amount he hit during his entire freshman campaign. 

Yancy appears to be gaining confidence each and every game, and he is finally settling in as a threat when shooting the basketball. While his elevated play may not be quite enough to salvage the season, he could be setting himself up for a very productive junior season.

Sophomore guard Isaiah Taylor and the Texas guards struggled with turnovers in Morgantown, West Virginia, as the Mountaineers used a full-court press. Taylor had four of the Longhorns’ 17 turnovers.
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Texas’ tailspin continued Tuesday night after No. 20 West Virginia held on to its early big lead for a 71–64 victory. It’s the third loss in a row for a slumping Texas team — now 6–9 record in Big 12 play — that is confirming its status as a bubble team for the NCAA tournament.

West Virginia (22–6, 10–5 Big 12) overwhelmed Texas’ ball handlers with a relentless full-court press that set the tone early. Using an 11-man-deep bench, the Mountaineers were able to keep the pressure on Texas’ thin corps of ball handlers and force them into 17 turnovers.

The constant pressure got the Mountaineers off to a blistering start, as it looked as if they were going to run the Longhorns out of Morgantown. They opened an 18-point first-half lead, converting turnovers into easy points and forcing their way into the paint against the Texas zone.

But Texas wasn’t going to give in that easily.

Sparked by sophomore guard Kendal Yancy’s corner three, Texas began the uphill battle. The Longhorns scored in four-straight possessions, cut the deficit to 10 and were right back in it. They took advantage of their low 15-shot first-half total, making 73 percent from the field.

But then frustration boiled over for struggling senior forward Jonathan Holmes. In the waning seconds of the first half, West Virginia forward Devin Williams set an illegal screen that went uncalled as he checked Holmes in the back. Holmes retaliated, swinging his elbow and catching Williams in the face. Holmes was given a flagrant two and ejected from the game as Texas entered halftime trailing by 11.

“I thought our effort was really good,” Huggins said after the first half. “I thought our patience was really good on offense.”

The start of the second half was a complete reverse of the first as Texas cut the double-digit halftime lead to two in a hurry. They began to beat the press and find easy buckets, forcing West Virginia into a 1-3-1 zone defense.

But that’s as close as Texas would get. West Virginia opened it back up quickly, going on a 13–2 run of their own. On multiple occasions, Texas cut into the lead, putting pressure on West Virginia, but, ultimately, the hill proved too steep to climb.

Junior guard Demarcus Holland came off the bench to lead Texas with 14 points, and sophomore point guard Isaiah Taylor added 13 points and six assists. However, each committed four turnovers.

Coming off a 29-point performance, Yancy was a quiet 4-for-8 with 9 points.

The Longhorns’ path doesn’t get any easier either, as they go to the Phog for a road game against No. 8 Kansas on Saturday.

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For the second straight game, Texas spoiled a brilliant performance from sophomore guard Kendal Yancy.  

Saturday afternoon, Yancy poured in a career-high 29 points against No. 14 Iowa State — but behind an onslaught of Iowa State 3-pointers, Texas still managed to fall short in a crucial home contest, 85–77.

Texas (17–10, 6–8 Big 12), behind by a comfortable margin nearly the entirety of the second half, made a late run as it started fouling the Cyclones (20–6, 10–4 Big 12), sending them to the line for 29 free throws. Unfortunately for Texas, the late effort wasn’t enough.

“The last three minutes got into a foul shooting contest and watching Isaiah Taylor shoot layups,” Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg said. “Luckily, we made enough of ours.”

The Cyclones’ ability to pick apart the Texas zone was a defining element of the teams’ first matchup in late January, so this time around, head coach Rick Barnes showed a man-to-man look. The man defense kept Iowa State out of the lane, but the Cyclones felt at home from deep, where they lead the conference in 3-point percentage. Iowa State, led by sophomore guard Matt Thomas’ four makes, shot 57 percent from long range.

“We were finding guys on the outside, and they were knocking down open shots,” Cyclones senior guard Bryce Dejean-Jones said.

Although Texas dropped yet another crucial home conference game, Yancy’s recent play has been inspiring. Yancy connected on 6-of-9 from deep, was nearly perfect from the line and snared five rebounds. He did all this while committing just two turnovers. But playing so well in a game that resulted in a loss meant Yancy wasn’t in a celebratory mood after the game.

“It’s pretty tough,” Yancy said. “There’s not time to feel sorry for ourselves, but I feel sorry for my teammates because we played hard. We just got to stop this losing streak.”

In three of the last four games, and as senior forward Jonathan Holmes has continued to struggle, Yancy has been in double-figures and has become the Longhorns’ go-to man on the wing.

Since coming back from a concussion that sidelined him for two straight games, Holmes has been a nonfactor for a Texas team that needs him for this crucial part of the season. In Texas’ three games against Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Iowa State, Holmes scored just 12 points total on 4-of-19 shooting.

“I got to get better and improve and get back in rhythm,” Holmes said. “Stuff just is not going in right now; just got to get back to the basics.”

The matchup against Iowa State was sophomore point guard Isaiah Taylor’s best game in conference play, according to Barnes. After playing the entire 40 minutes, Taylor ended with 23 points and seven assists. Most importantly, however, after turning the ball over four times in the first half, he had none the rest of the way.

“It’s hard to do what he did for 40 minutes,” Barnes said. “We need Javan [Felix] to help Isaiah, but he’s got to take care of the ball. We need Javan, Holmes and Cam [Ridley]. We need those guys. We really need those guys.”

Felix finished just 1-of-9 with two turnovers, while freshman forward Myles Turner and junior center Cam Ridley contributed for just 8 points combined from the post.

“I looked at Isaiah — dead tired,” Barnes said. “What it gets down to is that we need everybody. We need our post guys. It can’t just fall on [Isaiah]. Guys have to want the ball. Javan had a tough day, he really did.”

With just four conference games remaining, Barnes said he knows what Texas must do to get into the NCAA tournament.

“If you’re going to get there, you got to win,” Barnes said. “If we win, we’ll get there. If we don’t, we won’t.”

Junior guard Kendal Yancy turned in 14 points, tying a career high, and freshman forward Myles Turner put up his second straight double-double. However, their big games were for naught as Texas blewa late-game lead to fall to No. 17 Oklahoma, 71–69.
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The Longhorns had a chance to steal one in Norman, Oklahoma, on Tuesday night.

Big nights from sophomore guard Kendal Yancy and freshman forward Myles Turner had the Longhorns up 5 with 3:34 left. The offense was running smoothly, and the defense was playing hard. It looked as though Texas had No. 17 Oklahoma on the ropes in what could have been a huge conference road win for head coach Rick Barnes and company.

Then Oklahoma sophomore guard Jordan Woodard hit a three. Senior forward TaShawn Thomas followed with a three-point play. Woodard finished an acrobatic layup, and junior forward Ryan Spangler found himself free for a layup on a pick-and-roll.

And, just like that, Texas (17–9, 6–7 Big 12) let one slip right through its hands as Oklahoma escaped, 71–69.

“We did a lot of good things tonight,” Barnes said. “We’re close, but close doesn’t get it done.”

Yancy, who started his fourth straight game, hit big shots for the Longhorns and seems to be finding his confidence. Yancy tied his career high in points with 14 while bringing down six boards.

But with the game on the line and the Longhorns down 2 with just seconds left, it was senior forward Jonathan Holmes who took the big shot for the Longhorns and clanked a deep three from dead on.

Texas almost overcame its turnover problem and ran a smooth offense for most of the game. Oklahoma forced Texas into 13 turnovers, at times instilling a full-court press. The Sooners, on the other hand, took good care of the rock, committing only five turnovers. Texas, despite having athletic players across the board, currently sits last — by a large margin — in the conference in forced turnovers.

For weeks, Texas has been in the zone defense, but against Oklahoma and its plethora of shooters, Texas went back to a man defense. Until the end, the defense was strong, as it held Oklahoma to 36 percent shooting. Turner and junior center Prince Ibeh protected the rim, assisting in a team-record-tying 13 blocks.

After a slow start, Turner turned in his second straight double-double. He scored 17 points with 10 boards and six blocks.

“I feel more confident,” Turner said. “But I still feel like I need to get the ball in the post, that mid-range area.”

Junior guard Javan Felix was efficient with his shots today, as he was perfect from downtown to score 10 points on just six shots.

While Turner, Yancy and Felix turned in admirable performances in a tough road environment, Holmes and sophomore point guard Isaiah Taylor disappointed. Holmes was 1-of-6 from deep, with the one being a meaningless, open shot at the buzzer. Taylor was 1-of-10 from the field and disappeared late in the game.

“We just put so much pressure on [Taylor] to do good things,” Yancy said. “On this bus ride home, I’m going to check on him.”

As a team, Texas struggled yet again from long range, connecting on just 8-of-23. Inside the arc, however, Texas shot 50 percent.

Sophomore guard Kendal Yancy served as Texas’ spark in its victory over TCU. Several Longhorns played big roles in this much needed win, the 600th of head coach Rick Barnes’ career.
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Stock Up: Sophomore guard Kendal Yancy

Yancy set the tone for Texas’ victory Wednesday night. After a slow start, Yancy woke Texas up with two deep balls. He ended the game with 12 points and four rebounds.

With senior forward Jonathan Holmes sidelined because of a concussion, head coach Rick Barnes needed someone to step up, and Yancy, starting in his place, did just that. He even got to wear the warrior’s belt, which looks like a boxing title belt with the inscription, “Do your job.”

Stock Up: Junior center Cam Ridley

Ridley got back to being a dominant force in the paint after struggling against Kansas State. The biggest body in the paint ended up with a double-double, posting 15 points and 12 rebounds to go along with four blocks. Most importantly, he got to the free-throw line often throughout the night. Unfortunately, he hit just 7-of-13 from the charity stripe.

Near the end of the first half, Ridley even attempted to bring the rim down with him after getting fouled on a dunk, not letting go until the last possible second. The backboard started to tilt, sending the fans into a frenzy and Ridley scurrying for cover.

“I was scared,” Ridley said. “I thought it was going to fall on me. I tried to put it down hard.”

Stock Down: Junior center Prince Ibeh

While he did a good job defending the rim in his nine minutes, Ibeh just didn’t quite follow up on his spectacular game against Kansas State on Saturday. Against the Wildcats, Ibeh put up 4 points, four blocks and four rebounds on his way to becoming an unsung hero. But he tallied no points, no rebounds and just one block Wednesday night. 

By the Numbers:

50: Myles Turner’s free-throw percentage in the last four games. Going into the Baylor game less than two weeks ago, Turner was shooting an outstanding 89 percent from the line — especially significant considering he’s a 6-foot-11 freshman. But, in the four games since, he’s gone 5-of-10 from the line. It’s no longer automatic for him.

31: Free-throw attempts for Texas. Time after time, Barnes has gotten frustrated with his team’s inability to get to the line. However, they didn’t make the most of their opportunity, hitting only 21-of-31.

4: Number of 3-pointers junior guard Javan Felix hit in his first game back after missing two straight with a concussion. He got off to a slow start, missing his first two, but hit four of his final five. He also sunk his only attempt from inside the arc — a baseline jumper off an out-of-bounds play.

4: Offensive rebounds for Texas. That’s the lowest of the year for Texas. Despite outrebounding TCU, 36–27, the Longhorns weren’t getting many second-chance looks. Considering they shot 51 percent — not astronomically good — there were plenty of opportunities for more.

Texas head coach Rick Barnes earned his 600th career win Wednesday night. Barnes has been on the Longhorns’ sideline for 17 years.
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Fresh off Wednesday’s win — the 600th of Rick Barnes’ head coaching career — junior guard Javan Felix had a suggestion on how his coach should celebrate: “Dance.”

“I just want to turn some music on in the locker room, and we all get around him — everyone in the program — and just let him dance,” Felix said.

Sophomore guard Kendal Yancy suggested the team put on a Katy Perry song.

Although the players have never seen it, Barnes insists he can dance, but he’ll only do it on his own terms.

“I probably can dance better than Javan,” Barnes said.

The longtime Texas coach was in an especially good mood after the Longhorns’ 66–43 victory over TCU, as it propelled Barnes into an echelon few others occupy. 

Barnes, who has spent the past 17 years as head coach of the Longhorns, improved to 398–174 in his career at Texas and 600–308 overall. He previously coached at George Mason, Providence and Clemson in his first 11 seasons before taking over at Texas in 1998.

“I’ve been fortunate and blessed,” Barnes said. “I became a head coach at a very young age. … I’ve never worked for anything but a great athletic director. I’ve had great support from players and coaching staffs.”

For Barnes, Wednesday’s win was much more important than the milestone since his team hadn’t won at home since Jan. 17. Before beating Kansas State, it had lost four straight to plummet down the Big 12 standings.

“Winning the game tonight was more important than [No. 600]”, Barnes said. “I still have faith and confidence in this group of guys. They deserve it.”

The Longhorns’ zone defense stifled the TCU offense all night long. The Horned Frogs struggled mightily to get anything going inside against Texas’ far superior frontcourt, forcing them to settle for low-percentage looks outside of the paint. TCU shot just 28.8 percent from the field and scored a paltry 16 points in the first half.

TCU didn’t have anyone to match up with junior center Cam Ridley, and Texas made a living off of feeding him the ball down low. He scored 15 points, his most in seven games, while racking up four blocks and a season-best 12 rebounds.

“The guards just looked for me throughout the game,” Ridley said. “I just tried to play as hard as I could on the glass, and obviously that worked well for me.”

The Longhorns didn’t just dominate down low, however. Felix led all scorers with 16 points after missing the last two games with a concussion. Yancy also enjoyed his most prolific game since the start of conference play, racking up 12 points and four rebounds.

After the game, however, Yancy was quick to switch the focus back to Barnes.

“He expects excellence out of everybody,” Yancy said. “He teaches us how to be self-disciplined and to be thankful for being at this University. He reminds us that we’re blessed to be here, and we shouldn’t take it for granted. … Just getting a relationship and getting to play for Rick Barnes — it’s an honor to play for him.”

With the win, the Longhorns improved to 16–8 on the season and 5–6 in conference play. They face another very beatable opponent at home Saturday in Texas Tech (12–13, 2–10 Big 12), before beginning a stretch of five consecutive games against ranked opponents.

If they can pile up some more wins during that rigorous stretch, Barnes and his players will have even more reason to dance.

The No. 8 Longhorns are banking on the principle that “defense wins championships.” Their offense continues to struggle, but their defense is as good as anyone after holding Texas State to 27 in a 59-27 blowout Saturday night—the fewest points Texas has allowed since holding Houston YMCA to 23 back in 1946.

From the beginning, Texas’ pile of giants in the post complemented pesky junior guard Demarcus Holland to give Texas State few clean looks. Even when Texas State did get open looks, it couldn’t connected. In the first half, the Bobcats (5-2) managed a meager 9 points on 16 percent shooting.

“We are a good defensive team,” head coach Rick Barnes said. “When we get big out there like we can, it’s a hard team to score on.”

The second half didn’t go much better for Texas State. The Bobcats finished the game shooting 22 percent from the field and, to emphasize their poor shooting night, 30 percent from the free throw line.

“That was the worst any team of mine has ever performed, offensively speaking,” said Texas State head coach Danny Kaspar.

While the defense for Texas (8-1) looked championship good, the offense didn’t even look NIT good.

“We were absolutely awful on offense,” Barnes said.

Instead of sticking with junior Javan Felix at the point, Barnes shifted Demarcus Holland to the point, while plugging sophomore Kendal Yancy in at shooting guard to start the game. The lineup was the latest iteration of Barnes' search for the right frontcourt combination in Isaiah Taylor’s absence (wrist).

But after just 1:30 of that experiment, Barnes went back to Felix.

“How do you not execute the very first play?” Barnes said in reference to yanking Yancy early.

Yancy finished with just 2 points, but did well on the boards, hauling in eight. Felix, on the other hand, bounced back from a dud at Kentucky to score 10 points on just two turnovers against a Bobcat team that came into the game sixth in the nation in steals.

Despite Texas’ smoother offensive second half, the Longhorns still committed 19 turnovers for the game, which Barnes wasn’t happy about.

“We don’t try hard on offense,” Barnes said. “Too methodical, not fighting for our space, not playing hard. Not playing hard at all.”

Junior Cameron Ridley bounced back nicely from a few bad games to pace the Longhorns with 14, while Felix was the only other Longhorn in double digits. Junior forward Connor Lammert led the Longhorns on the board with 10.

It was an odd off day for senior forward Jonathan Holmes who recorded a season-low 3 points, as he attempted just five shots in 12 minutes.

“We know we can defend,” Barnes said. “At some point we got to understand that we got to play hard on ‘O.’”

Texas will look to figure out that offensive rhythm Tuesday night against Lipscomb. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. at the Frank Erwin Center.

Junior center Cameron Ridley turned in his best performance of the season Tuesday night, racking up 16 points, five rebounds and three blocks en route to a 78-46 victory. 

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While the Longhorn offense sputtered without its top two point guards at times, freshman forward Myles Turner filled the void.

After a solid first half, which saw him put up 11 points and six rebounds, Turner dominated the second half for Texas with a perfect night from behind the arc and posted his first career double-double, as the Longhorns defeated Saint Francis, 78-46,
Tuesday night.

“It felt great to gain some confidence going into tougher competition,” Turner said. “To play well against a solid team, that was great.”

The No. 7 Longhorns (5-0) started the night behind the eight ball. With sophomore guard Isaiah Taylor out indefinitely with a broken wrist, Texas got more bad news when junior guard Javan Felix was held out of the starting lineup as he nursed a left foot injury.

Even with sophomore guard Kendal Yancy inserted as a starter for the first time in his career, the Longhorn offense got off to a solid start behind junior center Cameron Ridley, who had the first two buckets for Texas and seven of the team’s first 12 points.

But after taking a 27-16 lead with 7 minutes left in the first half, the Longhorn offense ran into trouble, failing to score on six of seven possessions. During that time, Texas turned the ball over three times and allowed the Red Flyers (2-3) to cut the deficit to eight, 29-21.

Head coach Rick Barnes said it was the six turnovers in the first half that bothered him the most.

“We talk about valuing the ball and being tough with the ball and we just throw it away because we’re out there like no one’s defending,” Barnes said.

In the second half, however, the Longhorn offense again found its way.  Texas opened up a 19-point lead in the first six minutes of the half, before Turner caught fire.

With Ridley on the bench for the majority of the second half, the highly touted freshman made his presence known on both ends of the floor. 

On the offensive end, Turner had a stretch where he scored seven of the Longhorn’s nine points to help open up the lead. On the other end, Turner finished the night with nine defensive rebounds and three blocks, two of which led to points for Texas.

Turner said he needed that game to boost his confidence, considering the touch schedule ahead.

“In practice I feel like I’ve been performing well and to be able to come out here and execute in the game, it’s great,” Turner said.

The Texas bigs had a strong night as well, with Ridley finishing with 16 points and junior forward Connor Lammert scoring 11 more. Yancy also finished in double-digits, with 12 points.

The Longhorns have the rest of the week off before travelling to play Connecticut in a tough road contest Sunday.

Longhorns sign guard Martez Walker, giving them four Class of 2013 signees

The Longhorns signed Pershing (Detroit, Mich.) guard Martez Walker to a letter of intent, Texas announced Thursday.

Walker, a three-star prospect, according to rivals.com becomes the fourth player to sign with the Longhorns this year, joining fellow guards Demarcus Croaker, Isaiah Taylor and Kendal Yancy. Walker averaged 20.4 points and seven rebounds per game as a senior last season, earning a spot on the Detroit Free Press Class A All-State First Team. Pershing went 46-4 over the past two seasons, including a 22-0 record in conference play and a 25-1 mark last year, when Walker led the Doughboys to the Michigan Class A state quarterfinals.

"Martez is an unorthodox player who has a knack for scoring," head coach Rick Barnes said. "The thing that gives him a chance to be really good at our level is his competitive nature. Like most young guys, he'll have to get stronger. When he does, his ability to score the basketball along with his mental toughness and passion to compete will allow him to be very successful."

Three of Texas' five sophomores from last season have since left the program, with Myck Kabongo declaring for the NBA Draft and Sheldon McClellan and Jaylen Bond electing to transfer. Jonathan Holmes and Julien Lewis, who also contemplated transferring, are the only two rising juniors on the Longhorns' roster, which included six freshmen on scholarship last season. Texas will be a young team again next season and may need some of its four freshmen (Walker, Croaker, Taylor and Yancy) to contribute immediately.

"When you take a look at this four-player class as a whole, we obviously made a concerted effort to improve our skill and athleticism on the perimeter," Barnes said. "We also believe we've added some natural scoring ability to our team. Our staff is excited to begin working with these four young men on campus this summer and see them mesh with our returning players, who have really worked hard and improved this spring."

Breaking down Rick Barnes' 2013 recruiting class

The 2013 recruiting class is now official. The Longhorns signed three backcourt prospects to letters of intent Wednesday and are going to need immediate impacts from them if they want to avoid another disastrous season.

Shooting guard Demarcus Croaker from Orlando, point guard Isaiah Taylor from Oakland and Richardson combo guard Kendal Yancy should all have an opportunity to play early.

"We are very excited to welcome Demarcus, Isaiah and Kendal to the Texas Basketball program," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "With the addition of these three players, we have made a significant improvement in terms of skill and athleticism in our backcourt."

Yancy is an explosive scorer that can play both backcourt spots. He is ranked as the No. 87 prospect nationally in the ESPN100 and the No. 107 prospect in the country by rivals.com.

Croaker, a shooting guard from Jones High School, is ranked as the No. 105 prospect in the nation by rivals.com. He averaged a team-best 23.9 points per game and was a finalist for the Florida Class 4A Player of the Year award during his senior season.

Taylor, who averaged a double-double his final season in high school, is a true pass first point guard capable of making plays off the dribble at high speeds.

All three will have the opportunity to contribute immediately as the Longhorns look to the replace their two leading scorers from last season. Point guard Myck Kabongo has declared for the NBA Draft and shooting guard Sheldon McClellan decided to transfer last month.