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Texas G Jase Febres competing for an increased role after a limited freshman campaign

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Can the sophomore become a consistent three-point threat? Can he make plays off the bounce? The answers to those questions will define how much Febres plays this season.

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Texas Longhorns sophomore guard Jase Febres came to Texas with the reputation of a highly-skilled sharpshooter.

He had a hard time living up to that reputation during his debut season in burnt orange. He was only able to knock down 23 of 93 attempted shots from beyond the arc, a rate of only 30.1 percent.

While Febres showed flashes of the sharpshooting type of potential last season, he struggled with consistency. Because of that, the freshman averaged just a tick under 16 minutes per game while contributing a minuscule 3.3 points per game while starting about half the games — by far the lowest offensive contributor amongst those with any significant minutes.

With Kerwin Roach II and Andrew Jones returning to the team in 2018, Febres needs to consistently make shots if he wants to earn an increased role for Shaka. Early offensive struggles will not bode well for Febres as this Texas team has a plethora of talented guards.

“The key for Jase coming into his sophomore year is continuing to gain a level of violence in his game, and aggressiveness,” said Smart. “He’s ready to do that physically because of the changes that he’s made to his body, now it’s a matter of mentally setting his mind and doing it every play and every day.”

One thing I will be looking for is how he bounces back after last season. My hope is that he has put his struggles behind him and that he will continue to trust in his skill set that is very much legitimate.

Look for Shaka to try and establish a high level of confidence in Febres early in the season as he continues to mold and develop number 13’s game.