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The Morning Stake | 2020.05.14

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ESPN’s Jeff Borzello is ranking the best transfers in the 2020 and 2021 cycle (and even 2022) and the two transfers for Texas Tech make the list as guys that will have to sit out the 2020-21 season:

5. Marcus Santos-Silva, 6-7, 250 pounds, PF, Jr., VCU
Committed to Texas Tech
Santos-Silva is hoping to be eligible immediately, but he has a few classes to take over the summer and was in the portal as a sit-out transfer. Wide-bodied post player, averaged 12.8 points and 8.9 rebounds last season, shooting 56.9% from the field.

And:

14. Jamarius Burton, 6-4, 200 pounds, SG, So., Wichita State
Committed to Texas Tech
Burton contributed in a number of ways this past season for Wichita State, and opposing coaches have highlighted his toughness. Averaged 10.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists.

You’ll note that Santos-Silva is not technically eligible just yet and has to complete some classwork, which I’d expect to happen. Burton will most likely have to sit out the 2020-21 season.

ESPN asked a bunch of their staffers and writers who was the best college performance that you ever saw and Sheryl Swoopes made the list for Mechelle Voepel (Voepel is a college basketball writer who has been covering women’s basketball since 1984):

Mechelle Voepel: Texas Tech’s Sheryl Swoopes took over the 1993 NCAA season, capped by 47 points in her team’s 84-82 championship game victory over Ohio State. Her 47 points and 16 field goals are still records for the NCAA Women’s Final Four. She averaged 28.1 points per game in the regular season, 31.0 points in the Southwest Conference tournament and 35.4 points in the NCAA tournament. She was likely the best defender in the country too. She went on to be the WNBA’s defensive player of the year three times, along with being a three-time MVP.

Remember when I said that governors and athletic directors and university presidents would decide how and if the college football season would be played and not the NCAA?

That’s what is referred to as “dropping the mic”.

ESPN ranked the top assistants in college basketball and Ulric Maligi made the list at #13:

The Howard University product has identified and recruited some of the most talented players in the state of Texas and beyond, as proved by successful tenures as an assistant with Texas A&M, SMU and Stephen F. Austin before joining Chris Beard’s staff before last season. By all accounts, Maligi possesses the attributes and leadership qualities necessary to one day guide a Power 5 program. — Myron Medcalf

RedRaiderSports’ Ben Golan talked with transfer Kyan Brumfield, originally from Brandeis, but attended Colgate, earned his degree and I’d guess is transferring to Texas Tech as a preferred walk-on. Brumfield is a defensive back, his father is the special teams coach at Virginia, and his father also played with head coach Matt Wells at Utah State.

Here are some tweets.

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