Texas Tech Basketball Notebook: Obanor Returns, Pinkins Introduced, Luke Adams on Staff

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Word broke that Assistant Coach Barret Peery would leave Texas Tech after a year to go to UNLV for a similar role. Peery was at Texas Tech for a year and he was intended to be the offensive guru for Texas Tech, an up-tempo coach that would push the offense a bit more than previously. I don’t know that this happened, but I do think the offense improved. Of course, I also think that Bryson Williams had a lot to do with the improved offense. Getting clean shots was still an issue at times. Regardless, I think Peery left Texas Tech better than he found it for sure.

Marcus Santos-Silva announced on Twitter that he would joined the Sports Entertainment Group and would be giving the NFL a shot. At 6’7″ and 250 pounds as well as being an excellent athlete, this seems plausible. I think the transition from basketball to the NFL is difficult, but maybe MSS sticks with a team’s practice squad for a year, gets some development and then can make a go at it.

Luke Adams was the Head Coach at New Mexico Junior College and they announced on Twitter that he would be joining Texas Tech in some capacity. I would guess that he’s not going to step into an assistant coach role and likely a role that’s similar to Darryl Dora, some sort of player personnel

Al Pinkins was formally introduced as an assistant coach after a few years with Florida. Would it be crazy to think that Pinkins might lure some players in the portal from Florida? I don’t know that there are any available now, but Pinkins has been involved for a long time and he has a lot of relationships.

Kevin Obanor announced that he would return to Texas Tech and that’s really good news. With Bryson Williams and Marcus Santos-Silva graduating, Obanor’s return is a boost to a frontcourt that was going to be pretty slim. Right now, Obanor, Daniel Batcho, and KJ Allen are the bigs returning and some of the players mentioned below will certainly help. I should also add that I think there will still be additional player movement and I won’t guess as who that is, but that’s sort of the world we live in right now.

Recruiting Stuff: Indiana State guard Tyreke Key ended up choosing Tennessee over Texas Tech on Saturday . . . Arkansas State forward Norchad Omier (6’7″) who averaged about 18 ppg and 12 rpg, announced that he’ll be choosing between Florida State, Texas Tech, Miami, and Georgetown, which will be on Twitter on the Field of 68 today at 3 pm ET . . . Fardaws Aimaq, the center from Utah Valley is also set to decide at some point, but I don’t know that I’ve seen an announcement date . . .


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