The Texas Longhorns have not had a good season. In fact, it’s been downright horrible. The regular season ended with the Longhorns failing to make it to the NCAA tournament for the first time in fourteen years. To make matters even worse, they didn’t even receive an invitation to the NIT.
As a result, they’ve had to settle for a bid to the College Basketball Invitational, a tournament that not many fans have even heard of. To make matters worse, they will face a Houston Cougars team that would love nothing more than to kick Texas while they’re down.
Just when it appeared that things couldn’t get much worse for this young team, news came today they one of their most experienced players will be leaving the team.
Sophomore forward Jaylen Bond has told his teammates and coaches that he will not be participating in the post-season, electing to transfer at the end of the spring semester.
Bond, who played in 2o of the Longhorns’ 33 games this season–missing time with an ankle injury–averaged just 2.8 points and 3.2 assists, seeing the floor an average of 11 minutes per game this year.
Though his numbers clearly aren’t stellar, Bond would have played a key part in the team moving forward.
His transfer doesn’t come as a huge surprise, and rumors are that there could be a couple of more players leaving Austin before next season.
Fans are concerned that something serious is going on with this Texas Longhorns team, as rumors swirled that some of the current players had some not-so-flattering things to say about the program when star recruit Julius Randle was recently in town on a visit.
Will things continue to spin out of control for Texas? Will Sheldon McClellan stay in Austin? Will Myck Kabongo jump to the NBA?
These are questions that will soon be answered, and the answers could determine the future of the program. Fans just thought this was a rebuilding year; next year could be much worse–if that’s even possible.
Head coach Rick Barnes needs to stop whatever it is that is causing this team’s downward spiral before it’s too late. Of course, most fans would argue that it already is.
It will be interesting to see how this team pulls through this dark time. If, in fact, they can.