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Four-star JUCO Corprew says he felt comfortable committing to Texas Tech men’s hoops

Posted: June 12, 2017 - 4:37pm

Deshawn Corprew admits he’s had some time to think about his future.

After redshirting his freshman season with South Plains College, the 6-foot-6, 215-pound guard and former Top 100 basketball prospect, continued to grind and perfect his craft while his initial luster may have been wearing off.

But, one coach continued to keep in touch: Chris Beard, the current head coach at Texas Tech.

“Coach Beard has known me since I was a junior in high school,” said Corprew, who attended Quality Education Academy in Hampton, Virginia. “I had committed to him while he was at Arkansas Little-Rock, but then he took the job with Texas Tech and then I went to Texas A&M. … Then I’m here at South Plains. He’s been with me every step of the way.”

Even with multiple Division I schools asking for his services, Corprew said that the relationship he built up with Beard proved to be the deciding factor as he verbally committed Monday to play for the Red Raiders.

After playing one season with the Texans, he will have three years of eligibility with Texas Tech.

“I just loved the family-type atmosphere that they’ve got going on over there,” said Corprew, who is the first commitment in the Red Raiders Class of 2018 Signing Class. “I love everything about the players, the coaching staff and the facilities.

“I also feel like I can help Texas Tech get to the (NCAA) Tournament. I want to help them win.”

Prior to his redshirt season at South Plains, Corprew had signed with Texas A&M as part of the 2016 Signing Class before he was declared academically ineligible. At that point, he was unsure of his future before he spoke to South Plains head coach Steve Green about playing in Levelland.

“I’d like to call him a no-position player because he can play all five positions,” Green said of what he liked about Corprew’s talents. “He can also advance the ball, drive it and finish strong. On top of that, he’s a good shooter. He’s only going to get better and better as he plays more. He’s blessed with athleticism.”

Last year, the Texans — who were described as the junior college version of the Golden State Warriors due to mimicking the up-tempo style of play in a New York Times article back in March — finished the season 32-2 and placed third in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I men’s basketball tournament.

Green quipped that he saw a slight resemblance when watching the Warriors-Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Finals series.

“Been watching the NBA Finals series with Deshawn a few times, and I’d joke with him that he’s like a junior LeBron (James) in that he can play all five positions,” Green said. “He’s also big, strong and has a very high basketball IQ. He can force the action, find an open teammate or get his own shot. He’s very skilled.”

Corprew, who is one of two returnees along with Greg Shead from last year’s squad, will get to showcase his skills this season with South Plains College inside the Texan Dome. The Texans had eight Division I signees, including guard Josh Webster who signed with the Red Raiders.

“Right now, every team I spoke to wanted to make me a point guard,” said Corprew, who spoke to Kansas, LSU, Texas and North Carolina State among other schools during his second recruiting process. “I feel like I can play the 1 through 3 positions. Although, I’d like to describe my game as a leader on the court and an all-around player.

“Honestly, anywhere coach (Green) puts me on the court I’ll do my best to help our team win.”

After a year away from the hardwood, Corprew is poised to turn some heads and develop into a team leader.

“I’ve been out for a year and my name wasn’t really mentioned much, but there was still interest,” Corprew said. “But, I’m definitely looking to have a breakout year. As far as the journey I’ve taken: I’ve learned a lot of things and am much wiser as a player and a person.”

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