Chris Beard, Texas Longhorns

CBB Review’s Ethan Carbone goes in-depth on the top 30 college basketball recruiting classes. Next up are the Texas Longhorns who come in at 6.


The Texas Longhorns bring in the 6th-ranked recruiting class according to 247Sports Composite rankings. This includes small forward Dillon Mitchell (5th), point guard Arterio Morris (16th), point guard Rowan Brumbaugh (87th), and power forward Alex Anamekwe (206th).

What does each player bring?

Dillon Mitchell: 6-7 small forward

Mitchell comes in as the 4th highest-rated recruit in Texas basketball history. At a powerful 6-7, 200 lbs Mitchell is able to use his athleticism to run and jump past anyone on the court to attack the rim. He’s able to handle and pass the ball like a guard and shouldn’t be given space to shoot because he will hit open shots. When it comes to his best attribute, it’s easily his defense. Mitchell’s size and ability help him to lock up opposing players.

So far, he’s averaging 8.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 0.8 steals in just 19.7 minutes per game. He is a projected first-round pick. 

Arterio Morris: 6-3 point guard

Morris could perhaps be the most exciting player to watch on the Texas Longhorns with his eye-popping ability to lose defenders with his handles and bursts of speed and athleticism. Morris loves to go to the rim using an exciting mix of dunks and flashy layups to score. While he may not be the most proficient shooter, Morris is the lead ball handler, opening up shots for others. He can also guard multiple positions.

So far this season he has made an impact in just 16.7 minutes of play, averaging 5.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists a game. Chris Beard should help Morris to grow into an NBA-caliber player but for now, he is a key contributor off the bench. 

Rowan Brumbaugh: 6-4 point guard

Brumbaugh comes into Texas as a pure point guard who does everything to help his team win. He’s able to defend using his length to take advantage of whoever he’s guarding. He can shoot the ball and hit the shots he needs to within the offense. He’s able to get open off the ball and overall plays fluidly on offense. 

This season coach Beard and Brumbaugh decided it was best to use this year as a developmental year as it was clear that there was limited time he’d play. Eventually, Brumbaugh will be an important factor for the Longhorns and he will fit perfectly in their system. 

Alex Anamekwe: 6-6 power forward

Perhaps the rawest prospect in this Texas Longhorns class of players. Anamekwe is able to score, defend, and rebound, even as an undersized power forward. A player that brings a lot of energy to the game, he will come up big on the fast break and in defensive situations.

Currently, Anamakwe’s averaging 1.4 points and 1.0 rebounds in 6.6 minutes per game. He looks like he may be able to develop into what teammate Brock Cunningham does with more emphasis on the offensive side of the ball.