I think that Rivals’ Eric Bossi was the first one to report that Virginia Tech forward, Chris Clarke (6-6/215) will transfer to Texas Tech.
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) May 15, 2019
Clarke is somewhat of a do-it-all player for Virginia Tech, averaging 8.2 points a game as a junior, shooting 57% from the floor, 64% from the free throw line, 6.3 rebounds a game, 3.0 assists to only 2.3 turnovers. As a sophomore, Clarke averaged in double-figures, 11.4 points a game, 7.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists, but in comparison between the sophomore and junior years, losing about 4 or 5 minutes a game.
One interesting thing is that Clarke was suspended the 2018-19 season and here’s where things get interesting, Clarke was recently charged with marijuana possession in April of this year (so yeah, like last month), which is his second marijuana charge, I think the first charge was a result of his year-long suspension. This is something that not a lot of outlets are mentioning, but it is obviously a something that needs to be considered.
In terms of the “type” of player that Clarke is, The Stepien has a fantastic scouting report in that Clarke is basically a guy that does everything well except shoot the basketball from the perimeter. Clarke excels at almost everything else other than his jump shot and he can probably guard 1-4 if he wants, which fits in perfectly with how Texas Tech likes to defend and switch.
NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster writes that with the addition of Clarke, Texas Tech is a top 10 team heading into next year:
Clarke could not be a more perfect fit for Texas Tech. At 6-foot-6, he’s a tough and physical combo-forward known for what he can do on the defensive end of the floor. Playing in a system that is predicated on playing small and built around defense, he is exactly the piece that Beard needed.
Those two along with Khalid Thomas should give Texas Tech a solid frontcourt in addition to a perimeter attack that should have the talent to be able to survive the loss of Matt Mooney and Jarrett Culver. Davide Moretti is only going to get better and Deshawn Corprew and Kyler Edwards are ready for more minutes more shots. Both were solid in the minutes they played last season, their first with the Tech program.
And that’s before you factor in Jahmius Ramsey, a tough, top 30 guard from Arlington, Texas, that should be able to fit in seamlessly with Texas Tech’s program.
Clarke’s addition means that there is 1 spot available for the 2020 class. There can still be players that transfer, but this is where things sit right now. When I get the chance over the weekend, I’ll organize this a bit better, but there’s obviously been a ton of movement since the end of the year with only Moretti, Corprew, and Edwards returning along with McCullar and Savrasov who didn’t play last year.
|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)||TR|
|Khalid Thomas (6-9/210)||JC|
|Andre Savrasov (6-9/215)|
|Terrence Shannon, Jr. (6-7/185)||HS|
|TJ Holyfield (6-8/230)||TR|
|Chris Clarke (6-6/215)||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