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Texas Basketball: Predicting the Longhorns’ Starters in 2014-15

Who Will Start For the Texas Longhorns in 2014-15?

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After Myles Turner committed to Rick Barnes and the Texas Longhorns, the debate began about whom the Longhorns' starting lineup would consist of. Turner could play center, but you need Cameron Ridley on the floor and with Turner running the floor, where does that leave Jonathan Holmes? Turner and all his talent isn’t even a sure lock to become a starter. But here’s who will likely be the Texas starters for the opening game.

Point Guard-Isaiah Taylor

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Point Guard-Isaiah Taylor

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This one is as clear-cut as it can be. Isaiah Taylor has become one of the top guards in the country and the starting point guard role is his by a mile. With the ability to score, run the offense as a distributor and let his passion on the court carry the team, there’s no way anybody on the Longhorns' roster takes this spot from Taylor.

Shooting Guard-Demarcus Holland

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Shooting Guard-Demarcus Holland

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Some would argue that this should be Javan Felix’ starting role to lose, given his explosive scoring ability. But Texas will need his scoring from the bench and with the defensive prowess of Demarcus Holland, the Longhorns will need his physicality to help defend some of the great scoring guards they will face next season.

Small Forward-Jonathan Holmes

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Small Forward-Jonathan Holmes

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Texas will have far too much size in the paint next season to start Jonathan Holmes at power forward again next season. But Holmes is still a key piece to the team and his ability to slash and shoot from the outside will be much more valuable for the Longhorns if he starts out on the wing at small forward.

Power Forward-Myles Turner

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Power Forward-Myles Turner

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If Holmes on the wing didn’t give away who should start at power forward, then maybe the sheer talent of Texas’ massive commit, Myles Turner possesses will be enough to show you the starting power forward job is his. At 7-foot tall, with ball-handling skills and a silky shooting stroke to compliment his tremendous leaping and defensive ability, Turner is simply too good to come off the bench.

Center-Cameron Ridley

Cameron Ridley
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Center-Cameron Ridley

Cameron Ridley
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Just as with Taylor, there should have been no question Cameron Ridley would assume the starting center job. Ridley emerged as a reliable force inside last season and had his way with nearly every opponent he went head-to-head against, including Joel Embiid. His size, talent and leadership will assure nobody takes his place as the starter.