Player: TJ Holyfield
Height / Weight: 6-8/230
College: Stephen F. Austin
Offers: Illinois, Kansas, Miami, Oregon, and Texas Tech
Commitment Date: May 11, 2019
The journey continues in Lubbock! I’m happy to announce I’ve committed to the 2019 Big 12 Champions! Excited to be a part of the Red Raider family and ready to get back on the court again! 🙌🏽🙏🏽 #GunsUp #WreckEm
— TJ Holyfield (@teejayy_22) May 11, 2019
Holyfield is an interesting player in that he knew he was going to transfer a year ago and decided to sit out the entire 2018-19 season for the Lumberjacks. As a junior, Holyfield averaged 12.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 1.1 steals, while shooting 54.8% from the floor and 74.8% from the three throw line. Holyfield isn’t a huge three-point shooter, but he has progressively taken more as he’s gotten older, going from 43 shots as a freshman, to 59 as a sophomore, and 68 as a junior. For comparison purposes, Kyler Edwards took 69 three-point shots last year, so you’re probably looking at about 2 a game.
Patiently waiting to hoop again.. 😩 pic.twitter.com/ThFK36tv4R
— TJ Holyfield (@teejayy_22) April 3, 2019
According to our friends at T-Rank, Holyfield is elite at shooting the ball, so he’ll be an offensive threat and he’s also very good offensive rebounder as well as being a very good shot-blocker. What he doesn’t do well is pass the ball and he’s got a terrible turnover percentage, so that’ will be his main area of focus.
One other important note is that Holyfield is from Albuquerque, so maybe being at Texas Tech also has to do with his family being able to watch him play a bit easier, which is absolutely great.
What you’ve all been waiting for . . . the eligibility chart. So, with Malik Ondigo announcing that he would enter the transfer portal, with the thought that he could potentially return, this makes things a bit murky. I’ve got him as “transferred” right now, but since you are good at math, you know that if he stays, then Texas Tech is at 13, if he leaves, then the Red Raiders have 1 spot remaining.
|Guard||Matt Mooney (6-3/200)|
|Davide Moretti (6-2/175)|
|Jarrett Culver (6-5/195)||NBA|
|Kyler Edwards (6-3/200)|
|Kevin McCullar (6-5/180)|
|Jahmius Ramsey (6-4/190)||HS|
|Clarence Nadolny (6-3/190)||HS|
|Forward||Brandone Francis (6-5/215)|
|Deshawn Corprew (6-5/210)|
|Khavon Moore (6-7/215)||TR|
|Josh Mballa (6-7/215)|
|Khalid Thomas (6-9/210)||JC|
|Andre Savrasov (6-9/215)|
|Terrence Shannon, Jr. (6-7/185)||HS|
|TJ Holyfield (6-8/230)||TR|
|Center||Norense Odiase (6-8/250)|
|Malik Ondigo (6-10/215)||TR|
|Tariq Owens (6-10/205)|
|Russel Tchewa (7-0/255)||HS|
13 scholarships each year | Black Box = Scholarship Year | Red Box = Redshirt Year | HS = Playing high school | JC = Playing junior college | TR = Transfer | NBA = Declared for NBA Draft