As I recently mentioned in a post about Kendal Yancy, the Texas Longhorns roster is getting pretty crowded for the upcoming season. Due to the incoming freshmen big men, including 7-foot Myles Turner and 6-foot-8 Jordan Barnett, the interior line for the Longhorns is going to become much more competitive as well. For junior center Prince Ibeh, this could mean a huge loss in minutes.
Assuming Cameron Ridley secures the starting center position, as he should, Ibeh would look to take the majority of minutes as the backup to Ridley. Unfortunately for Ibeh, newcomer Turner will end up sliding from the power forward role, which he will become the starter for, and playing the relief for Ridley. This would leave Ibeh as the third option for Texas, despite his potential to become a defensive anchor.
Then you could assume he could play the center with Ridley along side him in the paint if Rick Barnes ever allowed Turner to play a hybrid-center role and run the small forward with his impressive shooting touch. This would give the Longhorns a massive lineup, but then again, senior Jonathan Holmes is still far too valuable to the team to be kept off the floor for a large part of the game.
This leaves Ibeh as the fourth option in the paint, and his minutes probably won’t even live up to that position with the freedom Barnes will have to run athletic post players in the frontcourt, rather than more stagnant big men like Ibeh and Connor Lammert.
I would hope to see some major development for Ibeh to help him find his way on the court, but unless things free up in the paint, it just doesn’t look favorable for Prince’s playing time.
Either way, the Longhorns should be one of the better teams in the Big 12 next season under Rick Barnes and with the addition of Myles Turner. Click here for Texas Longhorns basketball tickets for all of their games next season.