Texas A&M’s backcourt has the potential to reach elite territory in 2023
The Texas A&M Basketball program could not be in better hands than under head coach Buzz Williams, who, after leading the Aggies to the NCAA Tournament last season, is just scratching the surface of what he and a loaded roster can accomplish in 2023.
With news that star point guard Tyrece Radford will return for his final collegiate season with the Maroon and White, Texas A&M’s backcourt led by All-SEC guard Wade Taylor IV, including transfer additions in guards Jace Carter and Eli Lawrence solidifies this group as one the deepest, and most talented rotations in the SEC, and the country.
On Thursday, SEC college basketball analyst Patric Young made an appearance on TexAgs Radio to discuss the impact of Radford’s return, noting his leadership, high basketball IQ and slashing ability in the paint while confidently placing similar high expectations on A&M’s chances to compete for an SEC Title that we usually hear when discussing Kentucky, Alabama, and Tennessee.
Radford scored second on the team last season with 13.3 ppg, including 5.3 rebounds, while shooting 79.6% from the free-throw line. Entering his all-important junior season, Wade Taylor IV broke out in 2022, leading the Aggies with 16.3 ppg, 3.9 assists while shooting an incredible 87.8% from the stripe, as he and Radford were by the most consistent guard duo down the stretch.
Add in former Illinois-Chicago guard Jace Carter, who averaged 13.1 ppg and 6.4 rebounds for the Flames last season. In addition, former Middle Tennesse State guard Eli Lawrence, who shot 40% from the field and averaged 9.0 points and 3.7 rebounds in 2022, Buzz Williams is flushed with dependable scoring options, while 2023 four-star combo guard Bryce Lindsay will make his way to College Station this summer to provide an instant 3-point shooting threat hopefully.
With four out of five starters officially returning for the 2023 season, here’s what the depth chart should look like in its early stages:
Point guard: Wade Taylor IV, Andre Gordon
Shooting guard: Tyrece Radford, Manny Obaseki, Jace Carter
Small Forward: Eli Lawrence, Jace Carter, Hayden Hefner
Power forward: Henry Coleman III, Andersson Garcia
Center: Julius Marble, Solomon Washington
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