Coming and Going? How the Men’s Basketball Scholarships Play Out

Over the weekend, I was blessed to be in Lubbock for the weekend and on Saturday morning, the family went to Maxey Park in Lubbock the let the kids go a bit crazy after being in the car for 6 hours on Friday night driving in. I felt that they needed to burn off some energy. While there, I was joined by an old friend, Michael LaBarre, and we talked about a handful of things, but we touched the basketball team, both of us think that this team has the chance to be a top five in the conference team this year.

In any event, Michael mentioned “Hamilton” and I couldn’t remember who the heck that was, and Michael reminded me that it was Tommy Hamilton, IV, the transfer from DePaul who will have one year of eligibility.  With all of the moving parts that this team has, I thought it would be beneficial to lay out who can play and when.  Francis and Hamilton are each sitting out this year, but Francis has two years of eligibility remaining, while Hamilton will only have one.

Texas Tech also received the commitment of two junior college guards, one being Hyron Edwards over the weekend and the second being Jordan Brangers, who committed this week. Edwards has just two years of eligibility, while Brangers apparently has two years of eligibility remaining (it was initially thought he has three, but RRS’s Drew Kohnle spoke with him and said he has two) even though he will only be a freshman at South Plains College.

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Point Guard Keenan Evans (6-3/185)
Giovanni McLean (6-0/190)
Devon Thomas (6-0/175)
Hyron Edwards (6-0/175) JUCO
Shooting Guard Shadell Millinghaus (6-2/195)
Brandone Francis (6-5/210) Transfer
Jordan Brangers (6-2) JUCO
Jarrett Culver (6-6/180) HS
Small Forward Justin Gray (6-6/210)
Niem Stevenson (6-5/205)
Power Forward Zach Smith (6-8/220)
Aaron Ross (6-8/215)
Anthony Livingston (6-8/220)
Center Norense Odiase (6-9/255)
Matthew Temple (6-10/240)
Tommy Hamilton IV (6-11/260) Transfer
TOTALS 13 11  4  1  1

If all of this makes no sense, just remember that there are 13 scholarships available each year, so the easy way to figure this is that any cell that’s in black or says “transfer” then this counts as a scholarship for that year. For the 2016-17 season, there are 13 spots taken. Pretty easy. For the 2017-18 season, there are 11 spots taken, which means that there are 2 scholarships remaining. I would guess that one spot is being reserved for Trae Young and there will be another frontcourt player that will need to be added at some point.

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