McCarty earns AP All-America honor
Junior guard Brooke McCarty was selected as an honorable mention to the Associated Press All-America Team, announced Monday.
It was the first All-America honor at Texas for McCarty, the 2017 Big 12 Conference player of the year.
McCarty led Texas in scoring with a 14.1 points per game average, ninth in the Big 12.
She led the conference in three-point field-goal percentage (43 percent), was second in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.2 and eighth in assists per game (3.6).
McCarty helped Texas achieve a 25-9 record, marking the third consecutive 24-plus-win season for the Longhorns. Texas finished second in the Big 12 for the second year in a row with a 15-3 league record.
The Longhorns, making their fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, advanced to their third straight Sweet 16.
McCarty played 1,149 minutes, the third-most in a single season in UT history. She ranked sixth in the Big 12 for minutes played per game (33.8).
McCarty’s 77 three-pointers were the second-most in a single season in school history.
Baseball: Sophomore Nolan Kingham was named the Big 12’s pitcher of the week Monday.
In a 2-0 win over Kansas State last weekend, Kingham allowed four hits during his first-ever complete game. The right-hander struck out five and walked two.
Kingham is 3-2 this season and boasts a conferenceleading 0.72 ERA.
Kingham is the first Longhorn to win a Big 12 award in 2017. Ty Culberth (pitcher of the week), Tres Barrera (player of the week) and Joe Baker (player of the week) were honored in 2016.
Karen Aston’s Texas women turned in a nice 25-9 season, but knowing her as the fierce competitor she is, Aston believed Texas was just as good if not better than Stanford, which beat the Horns and then No. 1-seeded Notre Dame to qualify for the Final Four.
As Aston looks ahead to 2018, two more McDonald’s All-Americans, including Galena Park North Shore point guard Chasity Patterson, the nation’s top point guard, are joining the program. That will give her nine, which has to be the most in the country. With all that talent at her disposal, the expectations are going up next season.
In the meantime, here what has to happen for Texas to take another step toward that first Final Four since 2003:
Freshman Joyner Holmes can be an All-American by the time she gets out of here, but she must develop a reliable jumper and get in even better physical condition. She was visibly winded and asked to come out of the game eight minutes into the season finale.
Aston must cede more responsibility to assistants Tina Thompson and Jamie Carey, who are more offensively minded in their philosophies than the head coach. Too often this season, Texas bogged down offensively in half-court sets late in the shot clock against quality competition.
Big 12 offensive player of the year Brooke McCarty will get even better if she becomes a better student of the game, which means watching others play. She doesn’t watch games on television, so the ability to add to her game takes a hit. She would really benefit from learning from tape on players like the great Diana Taurasi and fellow small players like Shannon “Pee Wee” Johnson and Temeka Johnson, who won the 2009 WNBA title with Taurasi in Phoenix.
Wondering if the 1972 Dolphins had anything to do with that lone nay in the 31-1 vote of league owners to approve the Raiders’ move to Vegas? Miami was the lone dissenting vote.
Jerry Jones would hate it, but why not San Antonio for an NFL franchise? The biggest question would be if the old Alamodome could be converted into a money-making NFL facility or if the city could afford to build an NFL stadium. What about New Braunfels, right in between Austin and SA? We can dream, can’t we?
Why isn’t Colin Kaepernick getting any free agent offers from NFL teams?
And spare me with this distraction nonsense. Kaepernick made national news for kneeling during the national anthem last season, and while I disagreed with his actions, I understood his reasons for doing so.
This isn’t a political discussion, but Kaep, despite disappointing many Americans with the revelation that he didn’t vote in the presidential election, should also be commended for sending $1 million in aid to the impoverished people of Somalia on a plane he rented. He has taken PR hits, but put his money where his mouth was.
As far as football is concerned, it’s starting to feel as if ownership got together and decided in unison to blackball Kaepernick. It takes on a more questionable stance when you see lesser players like Mike Glennon, Mark Sanchez and Kellen Moore landing nice deals. None are as accomplished as Kaepernick, who led a team to the Super Bowl, in case you forgot. He also threw 16 touchdowns and only four interceptions for a 2-14 team last season. He also ran for nearly 500 yards and owns a career completion percentage of 59.8.
So there has to be more to his phone not ringing than just him being a distraction, especially since Niners players voted him teammate of the year following the 2016 season.
Worse yet, consider the case of Johnny Manziel, who’s being courted by the New Orleans Saints.
The league’s poster boy for distraction allegedly held his former girlfriend against her will and punched her, not to mention his well-documented substance abuse problems that have played out in public.
While Kaep sits, Johnny Freefall may be about to land a nice free-agent deal.
Makes no sense.
UT coach Karen Aston should cede more responsibility to assistants Tina Thompson and Jamie Carey, who are more offensively minded.