Rodney Terry, Texas Longhorns Ramping Up Activity in Transfer Portal

The Texas Longhorns are starting to make some moves in the transfer portal after a quiet start to the offseason.
Texas Longhorns head coach Rodney Terry.
Texas Longhorns head coach Rodney Terry. / Aaron E. Martinez/American-Statesman /

AUSTIN -- Texas Longhorns men's basketball made headlines on Saturday mainly due to the NLI release of 2024 four-star signee Cam Scott.

A Texas spokesperson could not confirm when I asked if it was the team's decision to release Scott from his NLI or the other way around. Regardless of how things went down, the Longhorns can't afford to waste time while players in the portal continue to fly off the board.

Despite the loss of Scott, the Forty Acres played host to Texas' first two transfer visits of the offseason after a quiet start in the portal for Rodney Terry and staff. Here's a quick look at those two along with some of the other reported interest Texas has:

Indiana State Sycamores guard Jayson Kent (20)
Indiana State Sycamores guard Jayson Kent (20) / Grace Hollars/IndyStar / USA TODAY

Jayson Kent, G, Indiana State - 13.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 0.6 assists in 2023

Kent made his visit to Austin on Saturday. In a picture taken by On Texas Football's C.J. Vogel, Kent and our next name can be seen walking outside Moody Center with assistant coaches Brandon Chappell and Steve McClain alongside our next player:

Julian Larry, G, Indiana State - 11.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists in 2023

A Frisco, Texas native, Larry joined Kent in Austin on Saturday. The duo coming on a joint visit together could be a positive sign that the former Indiana State teammates want to keep it that way with Texas, but that all depends on who else the Longhorns are targeting. Our next name could have an impact on that result.

Jordan Pope, G, Oregon State - 15.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 2023

Pope is one of the bigger names that the Longhorns have reportedly heated up their involvement with. Texas will get the first crack at him on Tuesday before Pope heads to College Station on Thursday to visit Texas A&M. He still has two years of eligibility left.

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