If you are a fan of Texas basketball, there are several reasons to be optimistic about next year's team, regardless of how the current season plays out.
While many people may argue that the Longhorns are having a rough season in Austin, that is not the case. They are on the NCAA tournament bubble with a record of 18-11. They have quality wins over Temple, Iowa State and Kansas State.
What is most impressive about this team is the personnel they are winning with. Junior J'Covan Brown is the lone upperclassman playing considerably well, and six freshman are having big seasons for the Longhorns.
The 2011 freshman class arrived on campus as the eighth-best recruiting haul in the country, according to Rivals. As a whole, they are playing better than almost any other group of frosh in America, except for the Kentucky Wildcats' star-studded crop.
As long as their star junior and all of the freshmen decide to stick around for next season, Texas could enter the 2012-2013 college basketball season as one of the top 10 teams in the country.
Here are the seven reasons why Longhorn fans should be excited for next season.