Dylan Disu earns first-team All-Big 12 honors, joining a who's who of Texas Longhorns basketball stars

Joe Cookby:Joe Cook03/11/24


Texas senior forward Dylan Disu earned first-team All-Big 12 honors on Sunday, becoming the 16th first-team all-conference honoree during the Longhorns’ time as members of the Big 12. Disu was also named the league’s most improved player as part of awards voted on by the league’s head coaches.

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Disu was second on the Longhorns in scoring and rebounding in 2023-24 with 16.1 points and 4.9 boards per game. He played in 22 games with 17 starts and had impressive shooting slash-lines of 50/51/81 (FG/3P/FT) during his senior season. During conference play, Disu averaged 17.2 points and 5.2 boards and collected Big 12 Player of the Week honors on February 12.

While it’s just the 16th time a Longhorn has made the Big 12’s all-conference first-team, it marks the first time a Longhorn has made the first-team in back-to-back seasons since 2011 and 2012. Jordan Hamilton was named one of the league’s best in 2011 and J’Covan Brown followed suit in 2012. Marcus Carr was a first-team All-Big 12 member in 2023 as part of the Big 12 Tournament champion team and Elite Eight squad.

As the Longhorns are set to leave the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference, Disu joins a list of first-team All-Big 12 selections that will remain unchanged. The exclusive fraternity is made up of a who’s who from the heyday of Longhorn basketball in the late 1990s and early 2000s to make the Big 12’s first team.

1997 – Reggie Freeman

Freeman averaged 21.8 points, 7.6 boards, and 4.2 rebounds in 30 games during the Longhorns’ first season as members of the Big 12. As a 10 seed, Texas advanced to the Sweet 16 before falling to Louisville.

1999 – Chris Mihm

In Rick Barnes‘ first season on the 40 Acres, the Longhorns went 19-13 but won the Big 12 regular season title with a 13-3 record. Much of that was thanks to Mihm, who averaged a double-double with 13.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.

1999 – Gabe Muoneke

Not to be outdone, Muoneke averaged a team-best 16.5 points and 6.6 rebounds across 31 minutes per game. Alongside Mihm and Kris Clack, the Longhorns recovered from a 3-8 start to not only make the NCAA Tournament but win the program’s first Big 12 regular season title.

2000 – Chris Mihm

Mihm also earned consensus first-team All-America honors this season thanks to 17.7 points and 10.5 boards per contest. This team earned Barnes his first NCAA Tournament win as head coach of the Longhorns before they’d fall in the second round to LSU.

Mihm was selected with the 7th overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft.

2003 – TJ Ford

One of three Longhorns to have their jersey numbers retired, Ford also earned consensus All-America honors and won both the Naismith and the Wooden Awards as Texas’ first national player of the year. During his standout sophomore season, Ford averaged 15.0 points and 7.7 assists on 41% shooting to lead Texas to its first Final Four since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in the mid 1980s.

Ford was picked 8th overall in the 2003 NBA Draft.

2004 – Brandon Mouton

A member of the media’s All-Big 12 first-team as opposed to a selection by the league’s coaches, Mouton averaged 13.9 points and shot 42% from the field with a 37% mark from three during the Longhorns’ Sweet 16 season in 2003-04. Texas finished second in the Big 12 thanks to Mouton’s efforts

2006 – LaMarcus Aldridge

One of two first-team selections on the 2005-06 team, Aldridge averaged 15.0 points and 9.2 rebounds during his phenomenal sophomore season in which the Horns won another Big 12 regular season title. Texas advanced all the way to the Elite Eight before falling to LSU again in the regional final. Aldridge was picked second overall in the 2006 draft and enjoyed a standout NBA career

2006 – PJ Tucker

Tucker joined Aldridge on the All-Big 12 first team but was alone in earning second-team All-America honors. Tucker averaged 16.1 points and 9.5 rebounds along with 1.8 steals and 0.4 blocks. He shot 52% from the field and hit two of his three three-pointers during the season. Tucker is still active in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers.

2007 – Kevin Durant

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Durant arrived with a lot of hype and lived up to every single bit of it. During the 2006-07 season, Durant averaged 25.8 points on 47% shooting and pulled down 11.1 rebounds per game. He took things to a new level in 16 Big 12 games, averaging 28.9 points and 12.5 rebounds. The unanimous national player of the year, Durant’s No. 35 is one of three jersey numbers retired by the program. Durant was picked second overall by Seattle in the 2007 draft.

2008 – DJ Augustin

A consensus first-team All-American, Augustin took over after Durant’s departure and led Texas to more team success. The Longhorns won another Big 12 regular season title and advanced to the Elite Eight before falling to a loaded Memphis team in the regional finals. Augustin averaged 19.2 points and 5.8 assists during his second and final season in Austin. He finished his Texas career with 1234 points, 100 steals, and 452 assists. He was picked 9th overall by Charlotte in the 2008 draft.

2010 – Damion James

An uber-versatile player, James saved his best statistical season for last on the 40 Acres. He averaged 18.0 points and 10.3 rebounds on a Longhorn team that surged early before fizzling late. Despite team woes, James averaged 18.3 points and 9.9 rebounds in conference play and left Texas with 1917 points and 1318 rebounds in his four-year career.

2011 – Jordan Hamilton

The Longhorns’ most recent All-American with second-team honors in 2011, Hamilton averaged 18.6 points and 7.7 rebounds during his second and final year on the 40 Acres. Playing and starting in all 36 games, Hamilton helped Texas to a second-place finish in the Big 12 and fell just short of reaching the Sweet 16 after a controversial loss to Arizona in the second round. Hamilton was picked 26th overall by Dallas in the 2011 draft.

2012 – J’Covan Brown

An electric scorer, Brown averaged 20.1 points and 3.8 assists on 42% shooting during his junior season at Texas. He bumped his production up in conference play with 20.5 points per game on a Longhorn team that went 20-14 and fell just short against Cincinnati in the first round of the tournament. Brown would be the Longhorns’ last first-team all-conference selection for four years.

2016 – Isaiah Taylor

Taylor posted strong numbers during his junior season and Shaka Smart‘s first campaign as Texas’ head coach. He averaged 15.0 points and 5.0 assists in 33 games. The Longhorns would go on another drought after Taylor’s departure, going the rest of the Smart tenure without a first-team all-conference selection.

2023 – Marcus Carr

During his second year in Austin, Carr became one of the most feared scorers in college basketball. He averaged 15.9 points and 4.1 assists on 43% shooting with a 37% mark from three. In conference play, he averaged 15.4 points and 4.2 rebounds and helped to lead Texas to its second Big 12 Tournament win in three years. Carr was also a key part of Texas reaching the Elite Eight for the first time in over a decade.

Marcus Carr
Marcus Carr (Will Gallagher/Inside Texas)

2024 – Dylan Disu

Even after missing the opening portion of the season, Disu thrived during the Longhorns’ final campaign in the Big 12. He averaged a career best 16.1 points and pulled down 4.9 rebounds while shooting blistering 50/50/81 (FG/3P/FT) and leading Texas to another 20-win season.

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