Texas Tech men’s basketball coach Chris Beard has signed DePaul transfer Tommy Hamilton IV to a letter of intent and scholarship agreement, Tech announced Tuesday.
Hamilton, a 6-foot-11 center from Chicago, spent his first three seasons at DePaul where he started 58 games in 92 appearances for the Blue Demons.
He averaged 8.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while shooting 45.8 percent from the floor and 42.5 percent from 3-point range.
Chris Beard isn’t sure he’s seen anything like it during his time as a coach.
Every single Red Raider was back in Lubbock for the second summer session.
“The team’s coming together,” the Tech coach said. “This summer the players made a huge commitment. ... In all my years of basketball, I don’t know if I’ve ever had a 100 percent participation rate in the summer.”
From the players’ perspectives, there was no question about whether or not to come back to Lubbock over the summer.
Matthew Temple has a list in his room.
It’s blank, except for its title: “List of Division I offers you had out of high school.”
Despite averaging 16.3 points and 10.1 rebounds his senior season at Rider High School in Wichita Falls, the only schools Temple talked to were junior colleges.
“That sticks in the back of my mind,” Temple said. “It’s a good reminder to me to stay motivated about the other people that didn’t want me. I’m going to make them regret that.”
And he has.
Aaron Ross has had plenty of opportunities to bolt.
Ross, who started at Texas Tech in 2012, has played for four different coaches during his time as a Red Raider.
“Aaron should be one of the best stories in college basketball this year,” Tech coach Chris Beard said. “He’ll be our captain. ... He’s been more loyal to this university than anyone ever. I put Aaron up there with Marsha Sharp and Gerald Myers. He has stayed the course and been loyal to this community and school.”
The Red Raiders knew they put Kirby Hocutt in a tight spot.
When the men’s basketball team met with the Texas Tech athletic director after Tubby Smith left for Memphis, the student-athletes presented Hocutt with the name of the man they wanted to become their new coach.
It wasn’t a spur of the moment decision.
After speaking with former Red Raiders Toddrick Gotcher and Jaye Crockett, the current student-athletes were confident in their choice.
The Texas Tech men’s basketball program and coach Chris Beard announced its 2016-17 nonconference schedule on Thursday.
In total, the Red Raiders have 11 nonconference home dates which includes an exhibition contest with free admission against Missouri Western on Nov. 4.
The non-conference slate is headlined by a trip to the Cancun Challenge in Mexico before Thanksgiving and a home match-up versus LSU on Jan. 28 as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
Sophomore guard C.J. Williamson announced his plans to transfer from Texas Tech on Thursday morning.
As a freshman, Williamson averaged 1.7 points in 21 games played.
"I have opened up my recruitment from Texas Tech University," Williamson tweeted. "I want to thank coach Beard & his staff for a great summer. #AllLove #WreckEm"
(This is the first in a five-part series on the offseason for Texas Tech men's basketball. Follow the remainder of the series in the sports section through Monday.)
A month prior, the Red Raiders were the picture of exuberance.
On April 14, in the same arena were Texas Tech celebrated its first NCAA Tournament berth in nine years, a usually jovial bunch was dead quiet.
SEC/Big 12 times, networks announced
The Texas Tech men’s basketball team will take on LSU at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 as part of the 2017 SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
The networks and times for the 2017 SEC/Big 12 Challenge presented by Sonic have been finalized, the two conferences and ESPN announced on Monday.
Every game of the challenge is slated to air on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU with match-ups slated every two hours beginning at 11 am.