The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2022.05.17

Some links and thoughts for the day.


A lot happened over the weekend, all of it starting with the letter “W”. With the sweep of Oklahoma State, if Texas Tech sweeps Oklahoma then I think the Red Raiders win the Big 12 outright, if Texas Tech wins the series, then they tie TCU for the Big 12 Conference title. TCU is done playing for the year, which is why this is such a certainty. As part of the weekend festivities, outfielder Owen Washburn was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the week for his weekend of work. As you would imagine, with the sweep of a top 10 team, Texas Tech moved up to #5 in the D1Baseball weekly top 25.


24/7 Sports Isaac Trotter ranks the transfers to-date and has Texas Tech 1st overall.

The class: De’Vion Harmon (Oregon), D’Maurian Williams (Gardner-Webb), Fardaws Aimaq (Utah Valley), Jaylon Tyson (Texas)

The jewel: Texas Tech has assembled a quartet of really talented weapons, but Aimaq might have the path to the biggest role next year. He’s still going through the NBA Draft process, but Aimaq has a real shot at the highest usage rate at Texas Tech thanks to his brilliant all-around game. Texas Tech can surround him with the right pieces, too. Kevin Obanor provides a floor-stretching forward who can match up with some of the versatile forwards in the Big 12 which allows Aimaq to be able to lurk as a rim-protecting help defender. The pieces are in place for Aimaq to have a monster 2022-23 campaign for the Red Raiders.

Most underrated: Williams is a 6-foot-5 wing who shot 38.8% from 3-point range during his sparkling two-year run at Gardner-Webb. There are legitimately zero reasons why he shouldn’t factor into the rotation right away. Mark Adams is a savant at finding mid-major studs and letting them shine at Texas Tech. Williams looks like he’s up next.


This behind the scenes stuff is always interesting, as Joey McGuire retained/hired a recent Texas Tech graduate, Preslee Quisenberry as the Director of On-Campus Recruiting. Quisenberry is responsible for coordinating everything that recruits do and see, from accommodations’, meals, meetings, tours, activities, and functions during home games. It sounds as if she’s one of the first people that contacts a mom or dad and probably integral in the experience at Texas Tech overall. All of those logistics sounds overwhelming, but I’m glad that they have someone that’s capable to figuring all of that out.

Red Raider Sports’ Ben Golan has a Q&A with defensive tackle Sincere Massey:

What are your goals for your freshman season, and overall in your Tech career?
“My goal is to learn the whole playbook, get bigger, stronger and faster. My other goal is either to start but if redshirting is an option I’m cool with that.”

Red Raider Sports’ Matt Clare also has a Q&A, but with offensive lineman Sheridan Wilson:

What are your goals for your freshman season, and overall in your Tech career?
“I want to make a contribution and help my team win. I don’t want to give up any sacks in my Texas Tech career”


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