The offseason carousel for the Texas Tech men’s basketball team may finally be nearing its end.
Guard Kevin Wagner became the sixth Red Raider from last season’s roster to transfer on Wednesday. Wagner, the local product from Estacado who played 18 games as a freshman last season, will continue his career at McLennan Community College in Waco, his father Tony told The Avalanche-Journal.
Wagner missed almost half of last season due to an injury to the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, but his father said the rehab is going well.
“He had a scope (Wednesday) morning and the doctor seems to think it is getting better,” said Tony Wagner, who added that Kevin Wagner’s transfer from Tech is the “best move for both parties.”
Tony Wagner, the basketball coach at Estacado, said he expects his son to sign with another BCS conference school in “a year or two.” Wagner said that former Estacado guard Clarence Willard, who played at Dodge City Community College (Kan.) last season, will also play at McLennan next season.
Five other Tech transfers have already moved to other Division-I programs. North Dakota announced Wednesday that former Tech forward Jaron Nash, who transferred to be closer to his ill father, will continue his career with the Sioux.
That news came two days after Nebraska announced that it had signed former Tech guard Terran Petteway. The three other Tech transfers are: DeShon Minnis (Rhode Island), Javarez Willis (Ohio) and Cameron Forte (Northern Arizona). With Robert Lewandowski graduating, that leaves seven scholarship spots vacated from last year’s roster.
Tech has signed nine players to its 2012 class, but The Avalanche-Journal has learned that one player has agreed to pay his own way during his freshman year, and at least one may not qualify academically next season.
Tech coach Billy Gillispie has yet to comment on his incoming class.
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