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Texas Tech men's basketball notebook: Crockett earns weekly Big 12 award

Crockett earns Big 12 accolades

Posted: December 31, 2012 - 4:54pm  |  Updated: January 1, 2013 - 1:11am
Texas Tech's Jaye Crockett dunks against Florida A&M during their game on Monday in Lubbock.   Zach Long/Avalanche-Journal
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Texas Tech's Jaye Crockett dunks against Florida A&M during their game on Monday in Lubbock.
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Crockett earns Big 12

Texas Tech forward Jaye Crockett became the first Red Raider to earn weekly Big 12 Conference honors Monday when he was named the league’s player of the week.

Crockett scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in Tech’s 85-74 win against North Carolina A&T on Friday night. He is the top player coming off the bench among power conferences, leading the six BCS leagues in rebounding and scoring off the bench.

However, he followed up his fifth double-double of the season with a five-point, seven-rebound affair. Monday’s game marked the end of nine straight contests with at least 10 points for the junior.

Texas Tech coach Chris Walker said Crockett has been “awesome,” and he told Crockett after the game not to push.

“All of a sudden (Monday) he just didn’t play as well,” Walker said, “but there’s going to be games like that. I’m going to still challenge him, that you know what, ‘you need to play the way that Jaye Crockett plays. You have now set an expectation that I look forward to every game.’”


Williams remained sidelined with injury

Texas Tech guard Jamal Williams sat out his second consecutive game with an injury, but Texas Tech coach Chris Walker hopes the junior will be ready for Saturday’s Big 12 Conference opener at TCU.

After Monday’s 70-56 win against Florida A&M, Walker reported that Williams has been sidelined with a hernia, but he probably could have played against the Rattlers.

“I wanted to give him one more game to rest,” Walker said, “but that also gave us another chance to see some other guys play.”

Walker said he will make the final decision on Williams later this week.

“Even with him out,” Walker said, “we have enough talent out there to be successful.”

Williams, a transfer from Lake Land College in Illinois, averages 5.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and two assists per game.


Hannahs gets company
behind line, but not much

For the first time since Texas Tech’s 66-62 loss to Alabama on Dec. 19, someone other than Dusty Hannahs hit a 3-pointer for the Red Raiders.

Guard Trency Jackson hit a trey from the corner with 7:49 left in the first half Monday to cut Florida A&M’s lead to 17-16.

Red Raiders not named Dusty were 0-14 from beyond the 3-point line the last two games. Tech entered Monday’s game as the worst-shooting 3-point team in the Big 12 Conference (27 percent).

Tech coach Chris Walker said the team will just keep shooting.

“Hopefully when conference comes around we shoot the ball a little bit better,” said Walker, acknowledging how important the 3-point game is in college basketball.

Tech finished 3 of 14 from 3-point land Monday, with Jackson’s triple the only non-Hannahs 3-pointer. The Red Raiders made all three of their 3-point goals within a 5:09 stretch during the first half.

“They’ll fall at some point,” Walker said. “We’re not this bad of a shooting team, and I believe they’ll fall at some point.”

Walker added that the team just needs to stay confident in its shots.


Compiled by Tommy Magelssen

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Leads in POINTS and in SCORING ...

...??? What do you score? Oh, points! So, he leads in the same thing twice? Can we say redundancy, oxymoron?? So, just exactly does a sports editor do at the AJ? Do they have one? I'm available if they need or want one! Is he/she so busy that he can't ..... every article. And what do they teach in journalism school nowadays?? Certainly not proof-reading!! I guess since we just pay for the paper and it's only sports, we are not deserving of professionalism, much less reporters who are passionate/knowledgeable about sports. And they blame declining readership on everything else except their efforts.



Thanks for pointing out the mistake. It should read "rebounding and scoring."

I have fixed it and mailed my journalism degree to you to do with it what you will.

We are actually looking for freelancers and calltakers to help with our coverage, so drop us an email if you want to show us up and outwrite us.

Happy new year.




I thought the comments were to be about the sports, not the newspaper. I'm thankful for the AJ coverage, you ought to try reading the Austin Unamerican Statesmen for a while. Thanks for the article, Tommy.

Pete, I don't think anyone would pay to read your drivel. Maybe you should look for a day job.

By the way, I think Tech has an interesting and entertaining young team. Where are the fans? Funny that I don't remember anything in Lubbock that would be more entertaining than a Tech basketball game. I wish I lived close enough to go.


Your welcome, and thank you Tommy .....(and @ billtt)

... for taking the time to correct it, and to reply to my concerns. It just seems that most of what I'm reading contains simple mistakes that shouldn't be there. I understand declining revenues and the effect the internet has had on businesses. And I know how late/early the paper must leave the AJ to get on people's doorsteps before they leave for work/school. And I can tell, by which scores make print and those that don't, that your deadline falls at an inopportune time. Every job has some demands that workers feel aren't right. None of which excuses a lack of professionalism in doing a task one is getting paid to do. This means finishing with time for a proof reader to do their job. Not picking on you, as this has been a problem at the AJ for years.

You may have noticed that sports fans are passionate about their interests. The fact is, without the sports section, the paper wouldn't have enough subscriptions to continue on in business. Therefore, you occupy one of its most important seats. Almost everyone I know is familiar with Don Williams. Not a single one knew who the Publisher or Editor was, and with the paper on the table in front of us, nobody cared enough to pick it up and find out who they were.

So please, next time a reader complains about your work, you should wear it as a badge of honor. People care enough about what you're doing to take time to comment on it. Not many people can say that about their job. Most people can't afford to go to college and get a degree without mortgaging their future, provided financial aid is available to them. You should not "send" it to me, but strive to exceed its worth with every article you write.

P.S. @billtt - Evidently you thought wrong! I thought "points and scoring" were about sports, and the referenced article was in the sports section. If it was elsewhere in your paper, that might be a valuable collectors edition, and you'll have me to thank for pointing it out to you.

I too am grateful for a decent paper to read, and for this forum. Obviously, most of Lubbock disagrees with your view of the basketball team. Young, yes. However, AD Hocutt has not seen fit to provide us with a head coach, only an interim. How is Coach Walker to recruit talent to the disaster he inherited without a 4-yr deal?? If he's good enough to be here, he deserves a contract. How dare you criticize the fans!! The administration won't put their money on the table, so why should we??



Is he still considered the interim. He has been there doing interim since last season, right? I am not to keen on all the local happenings being so far away, and because it was football seaton, so I didn't know. He should either be there as the HC or hire someone. I agree with that, that is a big mistake by Hocutt. Let's hire the guy, or hire a HC and quit handicapping the basketball program. Go Tech!!


Yes Al, he is still considered the ...

... interim head coach as they have not given him a contract beyond this season. He could have bailed on us. Given how this season's record (and recruiting class he'll not get) won't help his resume, I certainly wouldn't have blamed him. I understand Kirby needs to show due diligence, but it's been almost 4 months!

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