The Texas Longhorns found the replacement for Rick Barnes in seemingly hitting a home run by hiring now-former VCU Rams head coach Shaka Smart on Thursday evening.
After the news became official following a team meeting between Smart and the Rams players, several Texas players and one signee shared their opinions of the hire via Twitter.
Junior forward Connor Lammert opted for a pun:
Smart choice. Now let's get to work. #Hookem— Connor Lammert (@ANDtwenty1) April 3, 2015
Meanwhile, 2015 guard signee Kerwin Roach took a more simple approach before giving a longer take to a reporter:
Nothing but good news pic.twitter.com/XHigo7ibL9— K2 (@SumbdyFixDaNet) April 3, 2015
2015 UT commit Kerwin Roach (@SumbdyFixDaNet) tells me that "it's a great hire. Shaka smart runs the same offense and defense he played in.— DevonTe Brooks (@DBrooksSBN) April 3, 2015
Guard Isaiah Taylor was a little bit peeved that he found out from media reports before thinking better of his tweet, taking it down, and then giving a more enthusiastic take on the situation:
Assuming that Taylor returns to school after a turnover- and injury-plagued season, he'll be a key part of Smart's attack in the coach's inaugural season because Smart's "havoc" defense relies on a lot of on-ball pressure from the guards.
Guard Kendal Yancy also weighed in later:
Moving forward, the key player to watch will be Michigan guard Eric Davis, who doesn't tweet particularly awesome. There were rumors that Davis might seek a release from his National Letter of Intent after Rick Barnes was let go, so a phone call to the talented combo guard would be a smart early move by Smart since the Longhorns could benefit from Davis' long-distance shooting ability.
However, the initial news was positive:
So hopefully the Horns will be able to keep Davis in the mix. Texas would have to release Davis from his NLI for him not to lose a season eligibility, but schools generally grant such requests in the event of coaching changes.