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The Pieces Are There
It's been a nightmare season in Austin, but Texas has enough in-house talent to stir hopes of a quick turnaround. The current roster has eight players who were once ranked in the ESPN 100, including two former McDonald's All-Americans in sophomore Myck Kabongo and freshman Cameron Ridley. Kabongo missed most of 2012-13 serving an NCAA suspension and Ridley, a big-bodied center, has struggled to adjust to the college game, but both have All-Big-12 potential. Throw Randle into the mix, and this team could go from dud to stud in a few months' time.
Maybe the best thing about Texas' current struggles is that Randle would have every opportunity to earn a go-to role in the offense. It's not like any of the current Longhorns have earned coach Rick Barnes' trust. And with no incoming freshmen of note, the Dallas native shouldn't have any competition for minutes.
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Dallas isn't exactly next-door to Austin, but there's always an incentive to stay in-state. Wear the local colors. Become a Longhorn legend. Free fried dough at the state fair, or whatever.
One-and-Done Success Stories
Rick Barnes has helped a number of talented freshmen transition directly to the NBA, including Tristan Thompson, Avery Bradley and, of course, Kevin Durant (not to mention sophomores LaMarcus Aldridge, D.J. Augustin and T.J. Ford). Randle would, no doubt, love to be the next in that particularly enticing line.