Texas Longhorns Men’s Basketball in 2023 NBA Draft

Timmy Allen against KState
(photo courtesy Texas Athletics)

The 2023 NBA Draft is here and all eyes are on Timmy Allen, Christian Bishop, Marcus Carr, and Sir’Jabari Rice.

Texas had a rich history of sending players to the NBA; 48 players since 1947, 19 were selected in the first-round, 13 in the second-round.

Since the NBA Draft lottery began in 1985, nine players have been lottery picks:

  • LaMarcus Aldridge No. 2 - 2006
  • Kevin Durant No. 2 - 2007
  • Tristan Thompson No. 4 - 2011
  • Mohamed Bamba No. 6 - 2018
  • Chris Mihm No. 7 - 2010
  • T.J. Ford No. 8 - 2003
  • Jaxson Hayes No. 8 - 2019
  • D.J. Augustin No. 9 - 2008
  • Myles Turner No. 11 - 2015

Timmy Allen had an impressive collegiate basketball career, playing for both Texas and Utah. In his two seasons at Texas and five years overall, he played in a total of 154 games, starting in 151. Allen scored 2,100 points, pulled down 947 rebounds, and 454 assists throughout his career. Allen achieved double-digit scoring in 113 games and surpassed the 20-point mark in 26 games. He also reached double-digit rebounds 18 times and recorded 15 double-doubles. As of last season, Allen was the only active NCAA Division I player to achieve over 2,000 points, 900 rebounds, and 400 assists. In his final year at Texas, he received Honorable Mention All-Big 12 recognition and played a crucial role for the team, leading in rebounds and ranking highly in assists, scoring, blocks, minutes, and steals.

Great news...Timmy Allen signed with Memphis Grizzlies.

Christian Bishop had a successful basketball career, playing for both Creighton and Texas. Throughout his five years, he participated in 162 games, starting in 87 of them. Bishop showcased his skills on the court, scoring a total of 1,211 points, grabbing 752 rebounds, and blocking 135 shots. He had an impressive field goal percentage of 60.9% over his career. Bishop reached double-digit scoring in 57 games and achieved double-digit rebounds in 10 games, resulting in seven double-doubles.

Texas Men's Basketball Christian Bishop dunks in 2022 NCAA Tournament Round One against Virginia Tech (photos courtesy Texas Athletics / graphic Horns Illustrated)

In his final year at Texas, Bishop played in all 38 games, starting in two of them. He made significant contributions to the team's success, ranking second in blocks, fourth in rebounding, and sixth in both scoring and steals. One of his standout performances was during the NCAA Sweet 16 victory against Xavier, where he scored 18 points on an impressive 8-12 shooting and tied his season high with nine rebounds.

Marcus Carr had an exceptional basketball career, playing for Pittsburgh, Minnesota, and ultimately Texas. In his five-year journey, he showcased his skills in 164 games, with 157 of them as a starter. Carr's collegiate statistics are impressive, with 2,350 points, 751 assists, and 549 rebounds to his name. He consistently reached double-digit scoring in 119 games, surpassing the 20-point mark 33 times, and even achieving 30 and 40-point games on multiple occasions. Remarkably, at the end of the previous season, Carr was the sole active NCAA Division I player to present over 2,300 points, 700 assists, and 500 rebounds.

Marcus Carr scored 41-points hitting 13-19 (.684) from the field, 5-6 (.833) three-pointes, four assists, two rebounds (photo Tony Calvo / Horns Illustrated)

In his sixth and final year at Texas, Carr's outstanding performance earned him All-Big 12 First Team honors, making him the first player from UT to receive this accolade since 2015-16. He made significant contributions to the team, leading in scoring, assists, steals, and minutes played. Carr demonstrated his shooting prowess, converting 36.8% from beyond the arc and 77.2% from the free-throw line. His exceptional assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.66 showcased his ability to distribute the ball effectively. Notably, over the last 14 games of the season, he recorded an outstanding 3.65 assist-to-turnover ratio. Carr had several impressive scoring performances, reaching the 20-point mark six times in Big 12 play and eight times throughout the season. He even tied his collegiate scoring high with a remarkable 41-point game against Texas A&M-Commerce, displaying his shooting accuracy with 13-of-19 field goals and tying the school record for most three-pointers made in a single game.

Prepare to be amazed by the basketball skills of Sir’Jabari Rice! In his one season at Texas and throughout his college career at New Mexico State and Texas, Rice left a lasting impact on the court. With a total of 149 games played, including 77 starts, Rice proved himself as a force to be reckoned with. He put up impressive stats, recording 1,600 points, 604 rebounds, and 300 assists, all in just over 3,600 minutes of play. Rice consistently hit double figures in scoring, accomplishing this feat a whopping 84 times, and he wasn't content with just that. He surpassed the 20-point mark 18 times during his college journey, leaving defenders in awe of his scoring ability.

Great news...Marcu Carr signed with Phoenix Suns

Sir ‘Jabari Rice made waves in the Big 12 Conference. Not only did he earn the prestigious Big 12 Conference Sixth Man Award, joining the ranks of previous winner Kai Jones, but he also secured a spot on the All-Big 12 Third Team and the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team. His outstanding performance even earned him the title of National Sixth Man of the Year by College Hoops Today, as recognized by Jon Rothstein. Rice's impact on the court was undeniable, contributing to all 38 games for Texas, despite starting in only three. He ranked second on the team in scoring with an impressive 13.0 points per game, and also showcased his playmaking skills, ranking fourth in assists and minutes played. Additionally, Rice made his presence known on the boards, ranking fifth in rebounding. His shooting accuracy was exceptional, with a field goal percentage of 46.4%, including a remarkable 37.1% from beyond the arc, and an impressive 86.3% from the free-throw line.

Sir'Jabari Rice drives to the basket and draws a fould against TCU. Rice scored 15 against all in 2nd half against TCU. (photo Texas Athletics)

Last season, Rice reached double figures an impressive 26 times and exceeded the 20-point mark on six occasions. Fans were treated to his incredible offensive skills and ability to take over games. Sir’Jabari Rice was always feared for his shot fake and it will be exciting to see how that shot fake makes its way to the NBA.

Great news...Rice signed with the San Antonio Spurs

The 2023 NBA Draft will be held Jun 22, 2023 (Thur) at 6:30 PM (CDT).

Terry Middleton

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