3 Texas basketball players who could be selected in the 2023 NBA Draft
On June 23, 58 selections were made in the 2022 NBA draft, and no Texan basketball player was selected. Although no player from last year’s team was supposed to be drafted, the Longhorn faithful had grown accustomed to hearing someone from the Horns selected on draft night.
In 2021, Kai Jones, Greg Brown III and Jericho Sims have all been selected.
Texas has had 13 NBA Draft selections since 2010, including ten first-round picks and four lottery picks. If you look a notch below the traditional powers of Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina, Texas is there to produce NBA players.
Texas tied for third among NBA players on opening day rosters last season with 13.
Texas basketball players who could be selected in the 2023 NBA Draft
While I’m sure Longhorn fans will trade the NCAA Tournament win that Chris Beard produced for any of Shaka Smart’s lottery picks, it’s always nice to show rookies that your program can be a pipeline to the NBA.
Looking ahead, the 2022-23 Longhorns are ranked in the top 15 teams in nearly every preseason poll.
Let’s take a look at the three players most likely to be drafted from a packed roster in Beard’s second season at the helm with the Longhorns.