Chris Beard and his staff have been hyper-aggressive in rebuilding the Texas Longhorns roster with a handful of the top transfer options available this offseason, and they may not be done just yet.
According to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Borzello, the Longhorns are now involved with explosive Minnesota grad transfer guard Marcus Carr, who’s said to also be considering Kentucky, Kansas and Louisville.
Minnesota transfer Marcus Carr is considering Kansas, Texas, Louisville and Kentucky, sources told ESPN.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) July 5, 2021
As a junior, Carr averaged 19.4 points, 4.9 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game en route to first-team All-Big Ten honors. Carr initially entered the transfer portal in March and was ranked by ESPN as the top transfer prospect available before entering the NBA Draft process, which he withdrew from just days ago.
If the Longhorns can ultimately land Carr, he’d join point guard Devin Askew (Kentucky), forwards Christian Bishop (Creighton), Timmy Allen (Utah), and Dylan Disu (Vanderbilt), as well as center Tre Mitchell (UMass) as yet another highly-touted transfer to sign with Texas since Beard took over the program in early April.
Though Askew could emerge as Texas’ next point guard, Matt Coleman left some sizable shoes to fill when he left for the NBA Draft. So though the Horns could likely fill that void with both Askew and senior Courtney Ramey, who’s more of a scoring guard suited to serve as a secondary ball handler, Carr could provide an immediate, short-term solution at point guard after ranking 50th in assists per contest last season, further bolstering what should be a formidable starting unit.
Not to mention, Carr’s explosive scoring prowess could provide the Horns with even more offensive firepower — he scored at least 25 points seven times last season, including a 41-point display against Nebraska.
While Carr isn’t exactly a must-have given the kind of offseason Beard has had in Austin, he’s the kind of talent who could help Texas become a major contender not only in the Big 12, but nationally.