Texas Tech received good news yesterday when Dallas Baptist guard Chandler Jacobs (6-3/185) committed to Texas Tech. Jacobs averaged 20.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.7 assists last year. Jacobs assist to turnover ratio isn’t great, 60 assists to 55 turnovers, so maybe don’t think point guard, but scoring guard with Jacobs. Jacobs shot 56% from the field, 45% from the three-point line, and 83% from the charity stripe.
Jacobs’ ability to make shots is what stands out here, he’s got excellent handles, is a terrific pull-up shooter. You don’t see guards have a euro-step where he can go to either side and I’d also add that Jacobs’ hesitation in the lane where he waits for the defense to attack is one of those qualities that’s becoming more prevalent with the play of Luka Doncic.
RedRaiderSports’ Brandon Soliz spoke with Jacobs about his commitment and what he brings to Texas Tech:
“I think I’m pretty much an all-around shooter,” he said. “I can drive to the bucket if I need to or pull up from three. I think I’m going to fit in well with what they’re wanting me to do there. That just adds to the challenge. I want to have my number called on in those moments when we need a bucket. I just have to answer when that time comes.”
I love the idea that Jacobs is a guard that can score inside and out and he can win one-on-one battles to create his own shot. It would not surprise me at all if Jacobs replaces the scoring left by Kyler Edwards. If he makes the same percentage of shots, which would be incredibly difficult, then he’ll average double-figures easily. We’ll have to see how that scoring from Division II translates to Division I. And being able to score one-on-one is going to be really significant as we get to what Adams’ offense will look like, my guess is that this will be a Steve Green production, the head coach at South Plains who has figured out a way to mimic the Golden State Warriors offense, but on the JUCO level. We’ll have to wait and see about that.
And I also want to address the commitment of Ethan Duncan (5-11/160) the guard from Trinity Christian who averaged 27 points a game last year. From what I know, Duncan is a walk-on, but to be honest, I don’t really know. For now, I’ll label Duncan a walk-on until I know otherwise. RedRaiderSports’ Ben Golan spoke with Duncan about what he brings to the team:
“My best quality would be my ball handling and my shooting ability. I’m smart with the ball and I make good decisions. I’m a confident player. Someone I look up to as far as their game is Trae Young. I think he’s an undersized guard but he’s someone who can really shoot the ball from deep and he’s a great decision maker and a great facilitator for his team. I think that’s kinda my comparison. I’m a good athlete too, a little underrated in that aspect. I’m really excited about what my role could be at Texas Tech.”
In terms of a roster, here’s how things break down as of today with Duncan and Benson as walk-on’s.
|Guard||Clarence Nadolny | (6-3/195) | JR|
|Avery Benson | (6-4/200) | SR||WO|
|Chandler Jacobs | (6-3/185) | SR|
|Ethan Duncan | (5-11/160) | FR||WO||WO||WO||WO|
|Forward||Kevin McCullar | (6-6/195) | JR|
|Chibuzo Agbo, Jr. | (6-7/215) | SO|
|Marcus Santos-Silva | (6-7/250) | SR|
|KJ Allen | (6-6/2215) | SO|
|Kyler Edwards | (6-4/200) | SR||TR|
|Mac McClung | (6-2/186) | JR||TR|
|Terrence Shannon, Jr. | (6-6/210) | JR||NBA|
|Micah Peavy | (6-7/172) | SO||TR|
|Jamarius Burton | (6-4/210) | JR||TR|
|Tyreek Smith | (6-7/215) | SO||TR|
|Center||Vladislav Goldin | (7-1/220) | FR||TR|