The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.08.13

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

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Seattle Time. Since Friday, I’ve been in Seattle with my Dad and older brother visiting my youngest brother who lives in Seattle, which accounts for some of the weird posting times over the past four days. Had a terrific time and spent a ton of time outdoors and as brothers and a dad, this was the first time that we’ve done a trip like this and really enjoyed it. I’d recommend doing the same sort of thing that you can swing it.

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Agbo Commits. Texas Tech basketball received its first 2020 commitment in Chibuzo Agbo (6-7/215) from San Diego, California. Your guy LaBarre will have something up later this morning on Agbo’s commitment, but here’s a bit from Rivals’ Corey Evans:

Seeing the work that has led to the quick ascent of Zhaire Smith and Jarrett Culver to the NBA also played a part. “They are always working guys out,” he said. “Coaches are in the gym 24-7 to work with guys from all that I saw.

Agbo chose the Red Raiders over Arizona and Marquette in one of the more surprising summer decisions thus far. The prevailing thought was that he would take a visit to Arizona, at the very least, before coming to his college decision which reflects further the progressions that the Big 12 program has made in recent years where it can now defeat some of the nation’s best for targets outside of its region.

A member of the highly successful Compton Magic program, Agbo is a major win for the Red Raiders. The perfect small ball power forward for today’s style of ball, Agbo should find his name within the updated Rivals150 within the coming weeks thanks to his recent progressions and translatable skillset. He can consistently knock down shots to the perimeter, defend different positions and competes on each possession.

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Dakota’s First Scrimmage. LA Times’ Mia Berry writes about Dakota Allen’s journey and we get some feedback on how he did during his first scrimmage:

“He was limited with some of the things that prevented him from competing as much as you’d like in the offseason,” McVay said, “but he looks healthy. He’s feeling good. He was a guy that really has great instincts and awareness. I think he’s a guy that you could potentially see him be a guy that contributes for ‘Bones,’ ” referring to special teams coach John Fassel.

Bowman Back. RedRaiderSports’ Billy Watson writes about and talks with quarterback Alan Bowan as his sophomore campaign begins:

“I think with having that tight-end is going to help us in the run game, and then as soon as they come down on the run, we’re going to be able to air it around and kind of have the slot spots figure it out.”

Bowman said to expect the same kind of offense Red Raider fans have seen in recent years but with a little more tempo in it.

“We’re going to have some dudes outside that you probably don’t know about,” Bowman said, “like RJ and Erik. Those dudes will light it up.”

In addition to junior TJ Vasher, Bowman will have to plenty of offensive weapons to throw to including sophomore receiver KeSean Carter.

“I think those young guys deserve my praise,” Bowman said, “and obviously with KeSean he has the speed. He can take off on anybody, and then Erik is a really great route runner. He can go up and jump over somebody, one-hand-catch it, catch in traffic, run good routes. So, I think he’s kind of your all-around guy but still young.”

AP’s Stephen Hawkins writes about head coach Matt Wells adjusting to coaching at Texas Tech:

“The biggest thing to consistently winning in the Big 12 for my tenure here at Texas Tech is we have to play championship-caliber defense,” Wells said. “There is not a time that is ever more challenging than to play that in the Big 12 than right now.”

After six seasons at his alma mater, Wells left for the Big 12 to replace Kingsbury, the record-setting Red Raiders quarterback-turned-coach who was fired by his alma mater after a third consecutive losing season before becoming an NFL head coach.

“Hard worker, straight-up forward, means everything he says,” Washington said of Wells. “If he says he’s going to do something, he’s going to do it, and he means it. … He’s very consistent in everything he does. We’re not getting mixed messages, like within the staff.”

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