The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2018.05.24

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Leading Off

Gabriela Talaba and Felicity Maltby both advanced in yesterday’s NCAA Singles Championships, No. 58 Maltby defeating No. 61 North Texas’ Maria Knonova in straight sets and No. 21 Talaba defeating Hawaii’s Petra Melounova, 6-4, 3-6, 6-0. Sarah Dvorak and Sabrina Federici start doubles play today at 3:30 when they play Samantha Harris and Kelly Chen from Duke (TexasTech).

The Texas Tech track and field team is at the NCAA West Preliminaries in Sacramento this weekend in order to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June. Texas Tech has 48 participants looking to qualify (TexasTech).

Texas Tech soccer and Tom Stone have hired Nick Hallam as an assistant coach after working for 19 years, most recently in San Antonio (TexasTech).

Texas Tech Basketball

The SportingNews has a mock draft and they’ve got the Atlanta Hawks taking Zhaire Smith at No. 19:

Smith was under the radar heading into his college career, but playing in Tech’s all-out, blitzing defense showcased his ability to shut opponents down on the perimeter. Watch him dunk a few times, and you’ll get a clear picture of his athleticism. He will need time to develop, particularly offensively.

Texas Tech Football

RedRaiderSports ask the question if Texas Tech should be concerned about recruiting at quarterback and since we can all play along, the answer me is yes, yes, Texas Tech should be worried about recruiting at quarterback and recruiting overall. There is no doubt that high schoolers see the situation that Texas Tech and Kingsbury are in and I am sure that other programs are telling high schoolers about the situation in Lubbock.

Get a quarterback and I think things start to fall into place and I’m all in on Maverick McIvor, the coaching staff attempted to essentially only offer Jacob Zeno and he left Lubbock, maybe a couple of times, without committing. Players want some certainty that they will play for a particular coach for their time in college. The fact that no one can guarantee that is true, but some coaches have longer leashes than Kingsbury’s situation.

And let’s be honest here, the two most recent commits were for the 2018 class, Texas Tech hasn’t had a 2019 commit in a long time, like 8 or 9 months since Cameron Cantrell committed.

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