Texas basketball, particularly the Texas Longhorns men’s basketball team, has been instrumental in shaping the future stars of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Representing the University of Texas at Austin in NCAA Division I intercollegiate men’s basketball, the Longhorns have displayed a consistent track record of producing top-tier NBA players.
In recent years, the program has enjoyed significant success in the NBA Draft. For instance, in the 2023 NBA Draft, three Longhorns found their landing spots in prestigious NBA teams. Sir’Jabari Rice was signed by the San Antonio Spurs, Timmy Allen joined the Memphis Grizzlies, and Marcus Carr made his way to Phoenix Suns.
These signings are a testament to the strength of the Texas basketball program. They also highlight the role that the program plays in developing players for the next level – the professional league.
Apart from the trio drafted in 2023, the Longhorns had ten players on the 2022 NBA rosters, further underscoring the program’s contribution to the NBA. Texas basketball does not just produce quantity but quality as well. Many of these players have gone on to have successful careers in the NBA, bringing pride to their alma mater.
The pathway from Texas basketball to the NBA is not limited to players alone. The program also nurtures individuals for various roles within the NBA. The list of the NBA’s brightest executives, coaches, agents, and people in the league office often features individuals who have had a stint with Texas basketball.
Taking a closer look at the summer league rosters of 2023, five former Longhorns were listed. Timmy Allen (Memphis Grizzlies), Greg Brown III (Philadelphia 76ers), Marcus Carr (Phoenix Suns), Kai Jones (Charlotte Hornets) and Sir’Jabari Rice (San Antonio Spurs) were all part of the summer league.
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