Just after winning three games in three days, the Texas Tech men's basketball program has signed three players to National Letters of Intent. The new Red Raiders hail from Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. Two will enter Texas Tech as freshmen and one will be a Red Raider junior for the 2010-2011 season.
Jamel Outler, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard from Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas, will enter Texas Tech next season as a freshman. He was Coach Knight's first commitment in the 2010 recruiting class. As a Cardinal junior, Jamel averaged over 14 points per game. Last season, Scout.com ranked him as a two-star recruit.
Jamel commented, "Coach Knight knows what we go through as players and was honest and straightforward with me about playing for him."
The second high school signee, Javarez Willis, originally committed to Texas Tech last spring but did not meet NCAA academic requirements in time to enroll in the 2009 freshman class. Instead, he elected to pursue a postgraduate year at Christian Life Center Academy. He will arrive on the Tech campus as a freshman with four years of eligibility. As a senior at Dallas Pinkston High School, Javarez averaged 14.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
After his visit to Lubbock, Javarez said, "I felt like Texas Tech was home."
Paul Cooper, a 6-foot-8, 280-pound forward from Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Florida is the third Red Raider signee. As a freshman, the Auburndale, Florida native played a reserve role and averaged 3.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game while shooting nearly 58 percent from the field. This season, the Commodores are 4-0 and look to improve on their 24-9 record last season with Paul seeing much more time on the court.
To be successful as a Red Raider, Paul commented, "I have to do what I always do, rebound, play physical, and block shots."
After claiming Basketball Travelers Duel in the Desert Championship on Sunday, the Red Raiders return to the court at the United Spirit Arena on Thursday evening as they host the Demons from Northwestern State.
Tipoff will be at 7 PM with radio coverage provided by Double T 104.3. Mark Finkner and Corky Oglesby will call the game. The game will also be televised on the Texas Tech Sports Network (TTSN) with Brian Jensen and John Harris describing the action courtside.
In Lubbock, KAMC-28 will provide a tape delayed broadcast of the game at 10:35 PM. ESPN Full Court plans to air the game as a pay per view option. These stations are also planning to broadcast the Red Raider game on Thursday - MYTX-2 (Waco), WYTX-2 (Tyler), KCPN-33 (Amarillo), and KJBO-35 (Wichita Falls). In Houston, Fox Sports or Fox Sports Plus will provide Texas Tech coverage. Be sure to check your local listings for the most up to date broadcast information.
To become a 2009-2010 season ticket holder or to purchase tickets for all the men's basketball games at the United Spirit Arena, please call (888) GO-BIG-12 or (806) 742-TECH or stop by the Texas Tech Athletic Ticket Office in the north end of Jones AT&T Stadium.