In pretty shocking news Thursday morning, Sophomore Shooting Guard Jacob Young announced he is transferring from the University of Texas. He made the announcement via Instagram; “Thanks to the coaches, teammates, and staff. After my past two years of experiences at UT, I am transferring. I wish Coach Smart and his program all the best.”
Young came out of Yates High School in Houston as the number nine prospect in the state of Texas. When originally signing, Smart believed he had secured one of the purest scorers in the state and someone that could help the ever so stagnant Texas offense. Unfortunately, Young never truly reached his potential. He struggled with decision making and knocking down the three ball, two things he was expected to come in and do well. His three point percentage saw a rise from 23 to 32 after year two, but that still was not nearly getting the job done.
That being said, Young had really started to step into his own late in year two at UT. He put up more points than his season average in the last six games of the season, including a 29 point outbreak against Texas Tech in the Big 12 Tournament. With the absence of Eric Davis Jr and Andrew Jones down the stretch, Young became a key contributor off the bench for Shaka Smart.
This is definitely a clear blow for Shaka and the Horns, especially with the uncertainty regarding Davis, Jones, and Kerwin Roach. Many people were looking at Young to make huge strides in year three, specifically because of the way he finished the season.
This offseason will be huge for the Texas Men’s Basketball program. With the departure of Young and the uncertainty surrounding three other guards, the backcourt of Texas is looking thin. In the current four-man 2018 recruiting class, Smart does not have anyone who projects to play the one or the two in college. Freshman phenom Matt Coleman will return for season two at the helm for the Horns as well as underwhelming three-point specialist Jase Febres. Mount Saint Mary’s transfer Elijah Mitrou-Long will be added to the mix and should be able to come in and be a shotmaker, but the status of the Horns backcourt will be decided through the grad-transfer market and the outcome of three important questions: Will Andrew Jones continue his amazing recovery and return to basketball? Will Eric Davis Jr be eligible to play? Will Kerwin Roach decide his senior season is worth more than a second round pick?
Personally, though, good luck to Jacob Young in the future. He was so frustrating and fun to watch at all times. Played the game with raw emotion and was the first one on a loose-ball. We need more Jacob Young’s in the program.