Myles Turner to Texas: Longhorns' Projected 2014-15 Rotation with 5-Star Big Man

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2014

Myles Turner to Texas: Longhorns' Projected 2014-15 Rotation with 5-Star Big Man

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    On Wednesday afternoon, top recruit Myles Turner announced on ESPNU that he would join the men's basketball program at Texas, per Brian Hamilton of SI.com.

    The commitment was a massive one for head coach Rick Barnes, who has been looking to put the program back on the map for a while. 

    Turner's presence inside adds to a monster frontcourt that will do damage in the Big 12 and on the national stage. 

    Here is a look at what the Texas rotation will look like during the 2014-15 season with Turner in the fold. 

PG: Isaiah Taylor

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    Isaiah Taylor made a big impact on the Longhorns in his freshman season by notching 12.7 points and four assists per game. 

    The 6'1" guard may not have to be the contributor in the points department that he was during the 2013-14 season because of how much talent the Texas lineup will have.

    Expect his assist total to move up at least one or two per game with all the weapons surrounding him in the lineup. 

SG: Javan Felix

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    Javan Felix improved his game by miles in a sophomore season where his minutes per game actually decreased. 

    He averaged 11.6 points per game while shooting just 35.8 percent from the field. 

    With the attention of opposing defenses focused on the frontcourt next season, he will be given plenty of opportunities to improve on his 34.3 three-point shooting percentage. 

    If Felix can step his game up to yet another level in his third collegiate season, the Longhorns backcourt could be as scary as their front line. 

SF: Jonathan Holmes

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    When Jonathan Holmes began his Texas career, he never would have expected to spend his senior season at the small forward position.

    That is where the 6'8" player will line up in Texas' best lineup for next season, due to the height and power of Turner and Cameron Ridley. 

    Holmes was an efficient 50.5 percent from the field during the 2013-14 season, and he will benefit from the double-teams handed to Turner and Ridley down to convert on second-chance opportunities. 

    Holmes also averaged 7.2 rebounds per game last season, which should stay around the same because he will get chances to bruise opponents on the boards. 

PF: Myles Turner

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    Turner was listed as a center by most recruiters, and make no mistake about it, he is a center at heart, but with Ridley down low, he will start at power forward for Texas. 

    In his senior season at Trinity High School, he averaged a double-double with 18.1 points and 12.2 rebounds per game. 

    He also recorded 6.8 blocks per game, which may drop off a bit but not much, as his length will cause plenty of difficulties for the opposition. 

    Turner's versatility will also force defenders out of the paint, which will make room for Ridley and Holmes to pound the rock down low. 

C: Cameron Ridley

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    Ridley will be the main beneficiary of Turner's presence in the lineup because opposing teams will not be able to double-team him on a consistent basis. 

    The Texas center, who tapped in a buzzer-beating shot against Arizona State in the NCAA tournament, is a commanding force in the paint at 285 pounds, as shown by his 11.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in his sophomore season. 

    By himself, Ridley was a matchup problem for most of Texas' 2014-15 opponents, but now that he has Turner alongside him, the Longhorns will have one of the most powerful frontcourt duos in the nation. 

Bench

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    Kendal Yancy, G: Yancy disappointed in his freshman season, and with plenty of pressure on him to succeed next season, expect him to become a strong second option to Taylor at the point. 

    Demarcus Holland, G: Holland averaged 7.1 points in 29.6 minutes per game last season, and he will be expected to be a solid option off the pine if Felix and Taylor fail to show up in a few games. 

    Martez Walker, G: Walker is a very solid fifth option at the guard position, and as a sophomore, he will only get better than his 4.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in his freshman season. 

    Connor Lammert, F: Lammert will take a backseat to Turner, Holmes and Ridley in the frontcourt, and he must embrace his role as the sixth man in his junior season. 

    Prince Ibeh, F: Ibeh may be on the outside looking in with four solid paint players in front of him on the depth chart. Do not be surprised if he looks to leave the program in search of more playing time this summer. 

     

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