AUSTIN (KXAN) — Forward Dylan Osetkowski is entering his final days as a Texas basketball player. The exact amount of time he has left with his Texas teammates hinges on their performance in this final week of the season.
There is one certainty— Osetkowski will play his final Texas home game Saturday at 11 a.m. when the Longhorns face another tournament test against TCU.
Osetkowski was Shaka Smart’s first transfer into the Texas program. The physical forward transferred from Tulane and, after sitting out the 2017 season, played the last two seasons with the Longhorns.
Osetkowski is one of two Texas seniors on the roster, but leading scorer Kerwin Roach has been suspended the past four games. Smart hasn’t given any indication Roach will play in the ‘Senior Day’ game Saturday.
In press conferences, Osetkowski exudes this matter of fact toughness that shows an edge.
The attitude continues on to the court where Osetkowski has started 29 games at the power forward position, and rarely backs down from a challenge. He doesn’t pick fights but he plays with the confidence that Smart is looking for in all of his players. He’s definitely a vocal leader for his teammates.
The California-native turned some heads with a hairstyle change midway through his junior year. Osetkowski appeared on the court in a game against Ole Miss with braids. It was a suggestion from his girlfriend.
Osetkowski kept it for a couple of games, but admitted Wednesday that it wasn’t his favorite look.
“Are you kidding me? Look at me right now? I couldn’t take myself seriously,” Osetkowski said reflecting back to that time.
From a statistical standpoint, his junior season was stronger than his year playing alongside NBA lottery pick, Mo Bamba. Osetkowski is averaging 10 points and seven rebounds this season.
However, reflecting back over his time at Texas, he doesn’t seem to have any regrets about his Longhorn career.
“I’m exactly where I want to be…just to have the opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament…to be in games that mattered,” Osetkowski said.
Both the Longhorns and Horned Frogs are in need of another win to feel at least a little more comfortable about reaching the NCAA Tournament. Texas has TCU and a Big 12 tournament game to boost the resume’. Predictions on their tournament fate are spread out across the board, but most experts believe one win will be enough for a second straight tournament berth and at least one more game for the Longhorns senior leader.