It's been mostly nothing but bad news for Rick Barnes as he enters what could be a make-or-break year at Texas. The Longhorns' head coach saw Myck Kabongo go to the NBA; Sheldon McClellan, Julien Lewis and Jaylen Bond transfer; and Ioannis Papapetrou go pro in Europe.
All the attrition has left Barnes with one junior, five sophomores and five freshmen on the 2013-14 roster. Not exactly the recipe needed to compete for the top tier of the Big 12.
On Wednesday, the news got worse for Texas. Javan Felix, who saw the second-most minutes on the team last season, underwent hip surgery and is out indefinitely.
Statement from UT Athletic Trainer Eric Fry on Javan Felix: "Javan had a successful procedure on his left hip performed on ...— Texas Basketball (@TexasMBB) October 9, 2013
Tuesday, October 1st. He has begun his rehab process and is expected to make a full recovery. Javan obviously is not practicing ...— Texas Basketball (@TexasMBB) October 9, 2013
with the team at this time. We won't have a specific timetable for his return, but we are looking forward to getting him back."— Texas Basketball (@TexasMBB) October 9, 2013
Felix, a 5-foot-10 point guard from Louisiana, is the team's leading returning scorer. He was thrust into the starting role last season when Myck Kabongo was suspended for 23 games, and relatively inconsistent. His minutes dipped dramatically late in the season, playing 10 minutes or fewer in the final five games of the campaign. With that said, he did average 6.8 points and 4.1 assists – and would have provided some experience in the lineup.
The only other player with any experience on the perimeter is sophomore Demarcus Holland, a solid defender. Barnes does bring in four freshman guards, though, including top-100 prospect Kendal Yancy-Harris and touted scorer Demarcus Croaker. Yancy-Harris and Isaiah Taylor might have to take the reins if Felix misses the season-opener. Martez Walker rounds out the quartet of newcomers.
Texas' first game is at home against Mercer on Nov. 8.