The UT men's basketball team faces some of its toughest battles on the court with conference play starting this week. But those battles are nothing compared to guard D.J. Augustin has faced off the court.
Watching Augustin work his magic, it's easy to forget he's played just 12 college games. The freshman has played more minutes than any other Longhorns this season. He also leads the team in assists.
"I think I'm becoming more of a leader. Trying to get my teammates on the court and off the court to do the right thing. Just trying to be a full person and a full, complete player,"
It's a new year, but Augustin is no stranger to new beginnings. Hurricane Katrina destroyed the Augustin family home in New Orleans, forcing him to finish high school in Houston. But Augustin still keeps in touch with his friends in Louisiana.
"They come to a lot of my games. They're trying to get tickets, so I gotta try to get tickets for them. They're always trying to support me, no matter what," Augustin said.
Augustin can also count on support and tough love from head coach Rick Barnes.
"The one thing that I have talked to him about a lot is him cutting down the turnovers where he should be shooting the ball, 'cause he's too good a shooter not to shoot it when he's open, and he's too good a player not to get to the foul line," Barnes said.
"We just have to keep moving forward, and not look on past games. Just try to play hard and get ready for the Big XII," Augustin said.
Moving forward, without looking back. That's something D.J. Augustin has learned to do well.