Texas Longhorns land transfer Tre Mitchell from UMass

Mar 5, 2021; Richmond, Virginia, USA; Massachusetts Minutemen center Tre Mitchell (33) shoots the ball as Saint Louis Billikens forward Jimmy Bell Jr. (32) defends in the first half of a quarterfinal in the Atlantic 10 conference tournament at Robins Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Texas landed one of the top available mid-major transfers of the offseason when Massachusetts center Tre Mitchell committed to the Longhorns on Tuesday.

“What’s that thing y’all say??? Hook em,” Mitchell tweeted to announce his commitment.

Mitchell is a rising junior with three years of NCAA eligibility remaining.

Mitchell averaged 18.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals per contest in 13 games last season in making the all-conference first team. In 2019-20, he won Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year after finishing with 17.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.

The Longhorns brought in coach Chris Beard from Texas Tech to replace Shaka Smart, who left for the same position at Marquette this spring.

Beard, who coached the Red Raiders to the 2019 national title game, has used the transfer portal to build his first roster in Austin. Texas gained commitments from guard Devin Askew (Kentucky), forward Christian Bishop (Creighton), forward Timmy Allen (Utah) and forward Dylan Disu before adding Mitchell.

Coming out of high school in Pittsburgh, the 6-foot-9 Mitchell was a four-star recruit and ranked No. 84 in the country by 247 Sports.

–Field Level Media