Smart discusses Texas’ improvement at Big 12 Media Day

Trenton Daeschner

Texas men’s basketball head coach Shaka Smart previewed the upcoming season on Tuesday in Kansas City, Missouri, at the Big 12’s annual media day. Accompanying Smart in Kansas City were freshman forward Mohamed Bamba, sophomore guard Andrew Jones and junior forward Dylan Osetkowski.

Smart discussed a number of topics, including how Texas’ retooled roster is supposed to help the Longhorns bounce back from an abysmal 11-22 campaign last season.             

“We just have a lot more versatility than we had last year,” Smart said. “Last year there was a couple of positions where we didn’t have a guy at that spot that that was his true position.”

One of the big question marks with this season’s Texas squad is its consistency shooting the ball, especially from the three-point line. The Longhorns shot 29.2 percent from beyond the arc last season.                    

“I think we have some guys on our team that are better shooters than they shot last year,” Smart said. “It’s a matter of putting them in position to get high-quality shots as much as possible and then for them to jump up and knock ‘em down.”

Texas will open its season against Northwestern State on Nov. 10 at the Frank Erwin Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.