Shaka Smart accepts head coaching job at Texas
VCU coach Shaka Smart has agreed to become the next head basketball coach at Texas. Texas’ head coach Rick Barnes accepted the vacant job at Tennessee this past week. Texas was near the bottom of the Big 12 this season, but Smart looks to turn that program around.
Shaka Smart is only 37 years old, and he has averaged 27 wins over the past 6 years he has been the coach of VCU. He has made 5 NCAA Tournaments in his 6-year tenure, and he made it to the 2011 Final Four. Smart won the 2015 Atlantic 10 Tournament.
Texas was rumored to be seeking Shaka Smart and Greg Marshall to fill the head coaching position. Marshall signed a new contract with Wichita State, so Texas went all in to get Smart.
Shaka Smart made an extremely smart (pun intended) decision by going to Texas because Texas is a recruiting haven. Texas has so much talent at Smart’s disposal; he should be able to contend for championship year after year. Shaka Smart is already a fantastic recruiter, but he now has all that talent to pick from. The hire of Shaka Smart is going to give Texas a chance to contend for championships year in, year out.
How will Smart fare in Texas? I think that Smart will be able to make Texas a perennial contender because, like i previously said, Texas is a recruiting hot bed that is stock full of talent. It will take a couple of seasons before Smart will lead that team far in the NCAA Tournament because he will need to grow his recruiting classes before he begins to see the fruit.