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Texas targeting Tulane F transfer Dylan Osetkowski

The former Green Wave standout won't be eligible next season, but he would provide a long-term boost to the Longhorns frontcourt.

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Head coach Shaka Smart is already immersed in recruiting efforts for the Texas Longhorns less than a week after the NCAA Tournament loss to the Nothern Iowa Panthers and has been in contact with Tulane Green Waves forward transfer Dylan Osetkowski, according to ESPN's Jeff Borzello.

Other schools currently pursuing the 6'8, 245-pounder include Nebraska, Mississippi State, and Colorado State.

After spending two years in New Orleans, the California native elected to transfer a week ago following the termination of Tulane head coach Ed Conroy. Osetkowski was the team's leading rebounder at 8.4 per game and also scored 11.4 points. No other Green Wave player was on the court for more minutes last season than Osetkowski and he responded with 40 steals, 18 blocks, and 52 assists to complement his 11 double doubles.

Texas is in need of future frontcourt help after losing Cameron Ridley, Prince Ibeh, and Connor Lammert to graduation at the end of the 2015-2016 season and while Osetkowski is not a graduate transfer and would therefore have to sit out a year, he would be a significant get for Smart and his staff since he has two seasons of eligibility remaining.