The long awaited decision by Myles Turner is now behind them and Texas can now begin focusing on building towards another successful season in 2014-15. After a third round loss in the NCAA Tournament left the Longhorns with a 24-11 record, there was already much optimism around what Rick Barnes had achieved with a team that was projected to finish eighth in the Big 12. Barnes then earned Big 12 Coach of the Year honors and has since recruited two ESPN 100 prospects in No. 86 overall Jordan Barnett and the newest addition of Myles Turner, the No. 2 prospect nationally. With the entire roster returning along with two great recruits, how high is Texas’ ceiling next season?
After the Turner acquisition, it’s arguable that the Longhorns are now the favorite in the Big 12. With the conference dwindling to a significantly lower competition level in comparison to last season, Texas’ depth and experience as well as the talent of Isaiah Taylor and the All-Americans down low, the Horns’ are in the driver seat to finish first in the conference. If the development of the returning roster and the assumption the big name recruits will live up to their potential comes together, Texas will likely find themselves as Big 12 Champions entering the NCAA Tournament with a four-seed at worst.
As for the tournament itself, as this year was a reminder of why it’s called March Madness you can never predict what this time of year brings. But given the Longhorns don’t fall victim to a Cinderella, although they are still not at the championship level of Kentucky and Duke, a Final Four appearance is a very realistic goal for next year’s squad.