If Damion James stays in School I'd pick Texas to be an early final 4 favorite. All they would lose would be AJ Abrams who was a big enigma who shot too much and couldn't run point. Their starting lineup would probably be Balbay, Ward, Gary Johnson, James, and Pittman. Balbay will only improve as a PG. If he could just cut down on the turnovers he is a pure point who can penetrate on anyone. Texas has to be so excited about Varez Ward who was only a Freshman. He was big time against Duke and looks to be a deadly combo guard if he finds consistency. Gary Johnson is a long and strong defender who really shouldn't be taking outside shots. If Damion James comes back he could be one of the more dominant players in the country on the boards and showing his improved jumper. He could be a Shawn Marion type player in the NBA. Lastly with more conditioning work Dexter Pittman could be a dominant Sean May/Mike Sweetney type center in his senior year. Off the bench you'd have vets like Justin Mason and Harrison Smith. More exciting is that Texas has what I consider to be the top recruiting class in the nation. 2 big time top 15 recruits coming in. Avery Bradley is big time and IMO one of the top 10 players in the draft class. He reminds me of Russell Westbrook and would definitely help fill the scoring void left by Abrams. He would be a monster sparkplug scorer off the bench or possible starter even. I thought he would go to UCLA or even Kansas but I think Jrue will come back next season. Jordan Hamilton is a guy who I also think is a top 10 prospect and could start over Gary Johnson and make him come off the bench. Hamilton is long and a big time shooter, he might at times have Longhorns fans reminiscing of Kevin Durant. He's obviously not on Durants level but I think he has some of the best pro potential from anyone in the draft class. Shawn Williams is another tall wing who will stroke it from the perimeter. If Damion James stays I'd even go to say that Texas would be the #1 team in the nation, even without him they'd probably be a 3-5 seed in the tourny.
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