Men’s Basketball Signs Highest Rated Class in School History

Chris Beard just signed the program’s highest rated recruiting class.

Texas Tech and Chris Beard inked the number 5 nationally ranked recruiting class on Wednesday. The early signing period kicked off Wednesday and will run through November 20th.

Name (Position) Ratings (247composite) Measurables
Chibuzo Agbo Jr. (PF) 94.00 (4*, 120th HS in 2020) 6-7, 215 lbs
Micah Peavy (SF) 98.44 (4*, 43rd HS in 2020) 6-7, 185 lbs
Nimari Burnett (CG) 99.14 (5*, 22nd HS in 2020) 6-3, 185 lbs

This class represents the program’s highest-rated recruiting class in program history, an achievement Chris Beard has now accomplished in back-to-back years. The schools with classes rated higher than Tech’s? Blue Bloods. Duke. North Carolina. Kentucky. Tennessee. This class is obviously also tops in the Big 12.

Nimari Burnett is the gem of the class, a 6-3, 185 lb 5* combo guard out of Chicago. Burnett is the program’s first consensus 5* recruit to sign with the Red Raiders.

Nimari Burnett – Combo Guard (Prolific Prep, Chicago, Ill)

Height Weight
6’3″ 185 lbs

Ratings: 98 by 247sports (28th overall, 7th CG) / 91 by ESPN (19th overall, 5th CG) / Five-Star by Rivals (22nd overall, 8th CG) / 99.18 (22nd overall, 5th CG)

Interest: Alabama, Louisville, Michigan, Oregon, Texas Tech and 22 others.

His recruitment really heated up over the last few weeks, namely the commitment of Micah Peavy. Since Peavy’s commitment, Burnett was considered to be a strong Tech lean. You can read more details from Michael LaBarre about Burnett’s recruitment here.

Speaking of Peavy, he is the high school teammate of current Red Raider Jahmi’us Ramsey at Duncanville. Peavy was listed as Beard’s top target after landing Ramsey and it appears the teammates will play together again in 2020.

Micah Peavy – Wing/Forward (Duncanville HS, Duncanville, TX)

Height Weight
6’7″ 185 lbs

Ratings: 98 by 247sports (61st overall, 16th SF) / 88 by ESPN (32nd overall, 7th SF) / Four-Star by Rivals (34th overall, 8th SF) / 98.44 (43rd overall, 11th SF) / 2nd overall in Texas

Interest: LSU, Texas, Arkansas, Butler, Texas Tech and 11 others.

Peavy does have the opportunity to be ranked higher as he goes through his senior season and may eventually get a 5th star.

Chibuzo Agbo, Jr. – Wing/Forward (St. Augustine HS, San Diego, CA)

Height Weight
6’7″ 215 lbs

Ratings: 94 by 247sports (70th overall, 18th SF) / 79 by ESPN (30th SF) / Four-Star by Rivals (87th overall, 14th SF) / 94.00 (119th overall, 23rd SF)

Interest: Arizona, Butler, Cal Poly, Fresno State, Texas Tech and 10 others.


Basketball scholarships are difficult to track, but LaBarre noted that this is currently the only 3 scholarships open for the 2020 season (linked above). But Beard has shown the ability to massage the numbers and recruit for projected needs like no one else. LaBarre also noted that when Terrence Shannon committed last year, he took the last open scholarship, but then Beard welcomed in 5 more players after Shannon. It’s very possible he’s not done adding to this already historic class. He’s a wizard when it comes to making the numbers work – like a good accountant.

Welcome to Texas Tech Chibuzo, Micah and Nimari and Git Your Guns Up!


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