Rick Barnes sees it for what it is.
Because he swears he knows what it’s not.
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AND THEN THERE WAS ONE
Back in 2011, Texas signed six freshmen to help offset the loss of NBA-bound underclassmen Cory Joseph, Tristan Thompson and Jordan Hamilton — all first-round picks. Two years later, five of those six recruits have left — or fled, depending on your point of view — the program:
Jaylen Bond, Forward
Left the team in March, after averaging 2.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 11 minutes a game as a sophomore. Tweeted on Friday that he’s transferring to Temple, in his hometown of Philadelphia.
Sterling Gibbs, Point Guard
Like Bond, Gibbs — who’s from New Jersey and played for Seton Hall Prep — left Texas to go back home. He transferred to Seton Hall last year but isn’t eligible to play for the Pirates until this fall.
Julien Lewis, Guard
Texas’ latest defection, Lewis led the Horns in 3-pointers last season and started 21 games. But he was granted his release in April and announced Tuesday that he intends to transfer.
Myck Kabongo, Point Guard
After serving a 23-game ban last fall, he decided to jump into the NBA pool. He averaged 14.6 points a game in 11 games.
Sheldon McClellan, Guard
Texas’ second-leading scorer last season, McClellan had his share of clashes with Rick Barnes. Like Bond, he jumped the Horns’ ship in March, and he is looking for a new school.
So who’s left? Jonathan Holmes, who’ll be a junior forward, is the lone remaining member of Texas’ 2011 recruiting class. He’ll be one of only seven returning players from last season’s team.
THE PAST FIVE YEARS
How the Longhorns have fared the past five seasons:
2013;16-18;7-11 (7th);24th/NR;CBI first round
2012;20-14;9-9 (6th);NR/NR;NCAA first round
2011;28-7;13-3 (2nd);8th/NR;NCAA second round
2010;24-10;9-7 (T-6th);NR/NR;NCAA first round
2009;23-12;9-7 (T-4th);NR/23rd;NCAA second round
* Preseason/final national rankings