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.
Texas Tech Basketball Commits
(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
|86.28||October 11, 2018|
|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.
Texas Tech will host four-star senior Chris Harris Jr. for an official visit beginning this Friday, a source told @stockrisers. Previous visit was at Oklahoma State.
— Jake (@jakeweingarten) April 9, 2019
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
|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|
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.