Texas Tech men’s basketball hosted an event for the season ticket holders Thursday night inside United Supermarkets Arena.
Fans were shown the team’s players lounge by senior Thomas Brandsma and junior Keenan Evans.
Senior Matt Temple and juniors Norense Odiase and Niem Stevenson provided the fans with a closer look at the new video board that will be debuted when Texas Tech hosts its annual Homecoming and Hoops event in October.
The other Red Raiders were gathered in the practice gym for autographs and pictures.
Big 12 releases 2016-17 men's basketball conference schedule
Big 12 releases 2016-17 men’s basketball conference schedule
The Big 12 revealed the men’s basketball conference schedule for the upcoming 2016-17 season on Thursday afternoon.
Texas Tech will have 17 of its 18 conference games televised by the ESPN family of networks, while the Red Raiders home matchup with TCU (Jan. 18) will be carried by FOX Sports Southwest.
The Red Raiders open Big 12 action at Iowa State (Dec. 30).
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"