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Texas lands grad transfer from Arkansas-Little Rock

Shaka Smart

Texas head coach Shaka Smart calls a play during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)


Texas added another piece to their roster for the 2016-17 season as the program announced that Mariek Isom will enroll for his graduate transfer season.

Isom is a 6-foot-9, 215 pound forward that went to high school in Austin.

“We’re very pleased to add Mo to our basketball program,” head coach Shaka Smart said. “He is a high-character person who understands what goes into winning and will add significant outside shooting ability to our team.”

Isom shot 39.6 percent from beyond the arc as a junior with Arkansas-Little Rock. He averaged 5.9 points in 19 minute for the Trojans, who beat Purdue in the NCAA tournament this past season. Isom’s ability to shoot as a front court player will be valuable considering how good Connor Lammert, who has since graduated, was for the Longhorns this past season.

Texas also landed five-star, in-state recruits Jarrett Allen and Andrew Jones as well as James Banks and Jacob Young. Tulane transfer Dylan Osetkowski is also joining the program.