No. 2: Max Abmas – Oral Roberts to Texas
Remember back in 2021, when Max Abmas led Oral Roberts to an upset of Ohio State as a 15-seed in March Madness? He took the Golden Eagles all the way to the Sweet 16 that season and then brought them back to the tournament last year.
For four years at Oral Roberts, Abmas was one of the best scorers in the entire country. The 6-foot tall guard averaged 14.5 points as a freshman in 2019, then 24.5, 22.8, and 21.9 the next three seasons. He’s scored 2,462 points in his career and will almost certainly move into the top 10 all-time in college basketball history in his first season at Texas.
Last season was chaotic for Texas with the Chris Beard situation, but Rodney Terry was able to steady the ship and deservedly got the interim tag removed. However, the Longhorns aren’t getting a lot of preseason respect, ranked 18th in the country.
Abmas will give Texas much-needed shooting on the floor at all times because Dylan Disu and Dillon Mitchell aren’t shooting threats and will take up a lot of the front-court minutes. Abmas should be a great fit next to Tyrese Hunter in the backcourt. As a freshman, Hunter averaged 4.9 assists at Iowa State, but last year, Marcus Carr was the Longhorn’s main distributor.
Hunter and Abmas give Texas an elite backcourt with tons of experience and will make the Longhorns a threat in the loaded Big 12.