Despite suffering injuries during her sophomore and junior seasons for the Texas Longhorns, forward Joyner Holmes produced a stellar career while on the Forty Acres.
Now, as the nation is rocked by the COVID-19 outbreak (re: no sports for the foreseeable future), Holmes is preparing to hear her name called at the 2020 WNBA Draft later this month. In fact, ESPN projects Holmes will go ninth overall to the Dallas Wings. From ESPN: “Holmes was the espnW HoopGurlz No. 2 prospect for the class of 2016, and then was Big 12 Freshman of the Year. But a suspension for the first semester of her sophomore year and a broken ankle before her junior year kept Joyner from having the Longhorn career she might have had. However, she averaged 13.1 points and 8.7 rebounds as a senior, and perhaps her potential will be realized at the pro level. Holmes returns as a first-round projection after not being included in ESPN.com’s February and March mock drafts.”
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: 12 things about Big 12 basketball: The race to the bottom and a conference history lesson
Austin American-Statesman: A novice to start, Texas President Greg Fenves mastered his dealings with UT athletics
Dallas Morning News: Greg Fenves had a bigger-than-expected impact on Texas athletics. His successor may have as big a role, and just not at UT
Dallas Morning News: Texas needs to work on its optics, but what it really needs is to get its hires right
Dallas Morning News: Film room: 5 receivers in the NFL Draft who fit the Cowboys, including a trio of Big 12 stars
247Sports: How Ossai, Texas D-line can go to another level under Ash
247Sports: How would we view Vince Young as a modern-day QB prospect?
247Sports: No clear answers to inside linebacker questions for Longhorns
USA Today: Texas WR Devin Duvernay’s NFL Draft stock increases
NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- The college sports world is fretting over whether or not there will be a NCAA football season this year. We hope there is. Surely there will be. But just in case our hopes and dreams are shattered, the Dallas Morning News broke down the scenarios for us.
One more time, with feeling: Coaches’ opinions about college football season starting on time do not matter. This decision will be made for them by state/local/federal governments + university presidents. Coaches might be optimistic, but they don’t control this.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) April 4, 2020
- DraftKings projects an over-under of 9.5 wins for Texas football in 2020.
Can Texas Get to 10 Regular Season Wins? Draft Kings Thinks The Longhorns Are Awfully Close https://t.co/zoU3XGUxyJ— LonghornsCountry (@LonghornsSI) April 7, 2020
- Sports Illustrated released its way-too-early top 25 rankings for the 2020-2021 basketball season. Coming in at a disappointing No. 23 overall are the Longhorns. From SI: “The Longhorns closed the season on a 5–1 run, Shaka Smart did enough to hang onto his job, and the entire team should be back for what could be a legitimate breakthrough. Texas is in strong position with uncommitted five-star and SI All-American forward Greg Brown, who would be a huge shot in the arm for a team that was downright bad offensively at times last season. Bigger things are expected from sophomore Kai Jones, who also has NBA potential. And Matt Coleman, Andrew Jones, Courtney Ramey and Jase Febres will all have another year of experience, hopefully leading to more fine-tuned guard play.”
College basketball rankings: NCAA Top 25 for 2020-21 - Sports Illustrated https://t.co/JEhEwmf82J— Mr. Ryan Lowe® (@mrrvlowe11) April 8, 2020