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Buckle Up: Former Longhorn star forward, Tevin Mack, transfers to Tide

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Supremely talented, but is discipline a concern?

NCAA Basketball: Alabama at Texas
Tevin clowns his new teammates. That’s awkward.
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When we last saw former-Texas forward Tevin Mack, he was having himself a nice little game against the Crimson Tide in a 77-68 home win for the ‘Horns. Mack went 5 of 12 from the field for 11 points, had 7 boards, 2 assists, a block, and a steal -- not too shabby for a 6’6” 200-pound wing man.

Alabama fans will be seeing a lot more of the talented-but-troubled Mack in the future:

Alabama lands former Texas SF Tevin Mack - Burnt Orange Nation

A member of Shaka Smart’s debut 2015 class at Texas, the South Carolina native came to Austin as a four-star wing and appears to be a big part of the program’s future. Disciplinary issues derailed that future as a Longhorn after just a season and a half, though.

Mack began his sophomore season sidelined for a violation of team rules and after just 15 games, Mack was again suspended indefinitely in mid-january before ultimately being granted his release from Smart and Texas. In what limited action Mack did see, he led the Longhorns in scoring with 14.8 per game and connected on 39 percent of his threes.

There is no doubt about Mack’s productivity when he’s on the court — but keeping him there has been the issue:

Texas transfer Tevin Mack to Alabama - Basketball Recruiting - Scout

Mack played just 15 games at Texas last season and was suspended indefinitely in mid-January. When on the court, Mack was quite productive, averaging 14.8 points, while shooting 39.1-percent from three and reeling in 4.8 rebounds.

Mack, who averaged 5.1 points a game as a freshman, will be forced to sit out this coming season, before having two years of eligibility at Alabama.

This season’s roster is already fluid, with Braxton Key’s availability uncertain. And, given the talent that the Tide brought in with its 5th-ranked recruiting class, it’s safe to say that the roster will be even more so in 2018 when Mack is eligible to join the team. In Johnson’s offense, athletic players that can man the 2- or 3-spot are always integral to the offense. Here’s hoping Johnson’s brand of tough love can work some magic on Mack and make him a productive player and member of the university community.

Welcome, Tevin, and Roll Tide

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