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Four-star 2016 center Schnider Herard announces final five schools

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One of the top interior prospects in the Class of 2016 announced Thursday night that he’s narrowed his recruiting focus down to five schools. Schnider Herard, who attends Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas, announced via Twitter that Kansas, California, Mississippi State, Purdue and Texas Tech are the five schools he’s still considering at this time.

Herard cut his list to ten schools in early August, and at the same time it was reported that he’d set up an official visit to Mississippi State for the second weekend of September. According to Scout.com Herard has lined up officials to Texas Tech (beginning September 25) and Kansas (October 11) as well. While California and Purdue don’t have scheduled official visits with Herard just yet, both programs have some personnel issues to account for in the front court in the 2016 recruiting class.

The Boilermakers will lose senior center A.J. Hammons at the end of the season, and while Cal doesn’t have a scholarship senior in its front court rotation they do have to consider the possibility of highly regarded freshman Ivan Rabb spending just one year in school.

As for Kansas, the Jayhawks will lose multiple seniors from its front court rotation and freshman Cheick Diallo has yet to be cleared for the upcoming campaign. While that may not impact 2016, the fact that no decision has been made on him is something the staff has to consider in its recruiting.

Mississippi State has one scholarship senior in its front court rotation (Gavin Ware), but they’re in a position where they need another interior body moving forward. Texas Tech doesn’t have a senior in its front court rotation, but 2015 signee Shawntrez Davis not qualifying academically puts them in a spot where they’ll need another body to call upon in the post.

POSTERIZED: Texas Tech’s Jordan Jackson makes up for missed free throw

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Unlike the Division I teams who took their summer trips overseas, Texas Tech remained on the North American continent for its excursion. Tubby Smith’s team went to Canada, and Wednesday night the Red Raiders moved to 3-0 on their four-game trip with a 67-60 win over Carleton University.

The highlight of the game: freshman guard Jordan Jackson’s emphatic two-handed dunk on an opponent after missing a free throw late in the third quarter. That’s how you make up for leaving a point at the foul line. Texas Tech plays its final game of the trip Thursday night against Ottawa University.

Video credit: Brian Holland (KAMC-TV, Lubbock)

Texas Tech commit to attend junior college

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Shawntrez Davis will begin his collegiate career in the junior college ranks.

The 6-foot-8 power forward, who has been committed to Texas Tech since May 21 will attend Palm Beach State College (Florida), Jeff Borzello of ESPN reported on Tuesday afternoon. It was reported on July 17 that Davis failed to get the ACT score needed to qualify for the 2015-16 season.

Texas Tech’s incoming recruiting class consists of junior college point Devon Thomas, who began his career at Missouri State, small forward C.J. Williamson Jr. and guard Jordan Jackson, son of four-time WNBA champion and three-time WNBA MVP Sheryl Swoops.

Rising sophomores Norense Odiase, Zach Smith and Isaiah Manderson all averaged 14.0 or more minutes per game for the Red Raiders last season and will anchor the frontline this upcoming season.

Davis, who will spend two seasons at Palm Beach State according to Borzello, was listed by Rivals as a three-star recruit.