TTU Men's Basketball signs Giovanni McLean to NLI - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

TTU Men's Basketball signs Giovanni McLean to NLI

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LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech men's basketball coach Chris Beard has inked graduate transfer Giovanni McLean to a National Letter of Intent and Athletic Scholarship Agreement announced Monday.

McLean, a 6-1 guard from The Bronx, New York, is eligible for the 2016-17 season as a graduate transfer and will have one season of eligibility with the Red Raiders. He recently earned his degree in sociology from Quinnipiac.

McLean posted a team-leading 12.7 points and 3.3 assists per game over his 29 starts with Quinnipiac last season. He registered double figures 20 times fueled by four games of 20-plus points. McLean connected on 54 of his 122 field goals from three-point territory and knocked down 77.8 percent of his free throws. He dished out five or more assists on 10 occasions for the Bobcats.

McLean piled up 10-plus points during 16 of his first 19 outings and exploded for a career-high 25 points sparked by five three-pointers at Fairfield. He also secured 24 points versus Boston University, 22 points at Hartford and 21 points at Niagara.

Before Quinnipiac, McLean was a highly-regarded prospect with offers from Big 12 and BIG EAST schools. He came away with 16.8 points, 7.4 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game for Westchester Community College in New York. His team advanced to the 2014 NJCAA Division I National Tournament, and McLean amassed 34 points and seven assists in the team's opening round game.

Texas Tech returns its leading scorer (Aaron Ross – 12.5 PPG), leading rebounder (Zach Smith – 7.5 RPG) and leading assist man (Keenan Evans – 2.6 APG) from Big 12 action last season. The Red Raiders also are slated to bring back over 65 percent in all five major statistical categories in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals.

Texas Tech has signed a pair of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Americans in Niem Stevenson and Shadell Millinghaus. The Red Raiders also have inked two graduate transfers in Anthony Livingston, an All-Sun Belt performer, along with McLean. Former four-star recruit Brandone Francis has joined Tech and will sit out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Visit www.TexasTech.com for the latest news and information on the men's basketball program. Fans also can follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/TexasTechMBB and @TexasTechMBB on Twitter.

What the national media is saying about Giovanni McLean
Jon Rothstein (CBS Sports)
"Giovanni McLean is a seasoned player with college experience.  His toughness, feel, and IQ will help Texas Tech in 2016-2017."

Jeff Borzello (ESPN Recruiting Analyst)
"Giovanni McLean is a very good pickup for Texas Tech.  He brings experience with multiple collegiate years under his belt, but he can make shots and create for others.  He's strong and physical and should help early in the season."

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