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Texas Tech Basketball | Post NCAA Tournament Scholarship Eligibility for 2020

It’s still painful, but the party never ends.

Maybe it’s too soon, but over the weekend, Saturday I think, I realized that through all of the things happening with basketball that I had not updated my patented scholarship eligibility chart when Terrence Shannon committed to the good guys. Before we get to the patented chart, I wanted to take a minute to remind you as to the very weird (in a good way) 2019 signing class, which still isn’t done yet.

2019 Class

Texas Tech Basketball Commits

Position Player Ht/Wt School/Hometown Composite Commitment
Guard Kevin McCullar 6-5/180 Wagner
(San Antonio, TX)
90.65 July 5, 2018
Forward Khalid Thomas 6-9/210 College of Southern Idaho
(Twin Falls, ID)
90.00 October 2, 2018
Center Russel Tchewa 7-0/255 Putnam Science Academy
(Putnam, CT)
86.28 October 11, 2018
Guard Jahmius Ramsey 6-4/190 Duncanville
(Duncanville, TX)
98.98 November 8, 2018
Forward Andrei Savrasov 6-9/215 Orenberg, Russia N/R January 28, 2019
Forward Terrence Shannon, Jr. 6-7/185 Chicago, Illinois 96.72 March 11, 2019

As you’ll note, the 2019 class is weird from the standpoint that two of the players who are technically part of the 2019 class are already on campus, Kevin McCullar and Andrei Savrasov. That’s incredibly rare, but incredibly important for both McCullar and Savrasov to be indoctrinated to how strength and conditioning coach John Reilly gets the most out of his players and these players get to see up close and personal how the process works. Head coach Chris Beard talked quite a bit about how it was important to introduce these new players to get them indoctrinated into the program and that’s a good thing.

With that being said, there’s going to be three significant newcomers that arrive in 2020, and possibly more. If you would have asked me last year if Khavon Moore would be a significant player, I would have said yes, but I’m not really sure how things will shake out. There’s a lot of forwards there, a glut if you will, and if anything, Beard will have lots of options. If you made me guess, I’d think Thomas gets some burn because he can shoot like there’s no tomorrow and he’s such a tough match-up problem. And Ramsey is awfully athletic and talented. If he can shoot consistently, the he’s a pretty good option as well.

Oh, and I don’t know anything really about McCullar and Savrasov other than what we’ve seen on video so much has probably changed between when they last actually played and today. I don’t have any expectations for them other than I think they’ll be significantly improved because pretty much any player that plays for Beard improves.

And I mentioned that the class is likely not done just yet.

That’s right, Texas Tech will host Chris Harris, Jr., previously committed to Texas A&M, but with the coaching change, I believe he’s out of his signed letter of intent and now on the open market. Harris previously visited with Oklahoma State and the always right crystal ball predicts that he’ll land in Stillwater. Regardless, he’ll be in Lubbock over the weekend and he sort of reminds me of Kyler Edwards, a big-bodied guard that can play the point or shooting guard. He’s just a guard.

Scholarship Eligibility Chart

Position Player 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
Guard Matt Mooney (6-3/200)
Davide Moretti (6-2/175)
Jarrett Culver (6-5/195)
Kyler Edwards (6-3/200)
Kevin McCullar (6-5/180)
Jahmius Ramsey (6-4/190) HS
Forward Brandone Francis (6-5/215)
Deshawn Corprew (6-5/210)
Khavon Moore (6-7/215)
Josh Mballa (6-7/215)
Khalid Thomas (6-9/210) JC
Andre Savrasov (6-9/215)
Terrence Shannon, Jr. (6-7/185) HS
Center Norense Odiase (6-8/250)
Malik Ondigo (6-10/215)
Tariq Owens (6-10/205)
Russel Tchewa (7-0/255) HS
TOTALS 13 13 13 8 5 0

As you’ll note, all 13 scholarship spots are currently taken, but I think you are almost assured that Culver will move on to the NBA, which is why the staff has Harris on an official visit. It’s most likely all been but decided and I’m incredibly excited for Culver.

With that being said, there will most likely also be some transfers, maybe one or two out of the program and gien the success of Matt Mooney and Tariq Owens, Chris Beard will have his pick of whatever graduate transfers are out there. We’re still early in that process, but you’ll likely start hearing more and more opportunities as the weeks progress. But you should know that if Harris is added and Culver leaves, the team is absolutely full, so if another player is added someone is leaving.

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