Texas Tech added another piece to its front court on Thursday, as three-star power forward Shawntrez Davis committed to Tubby Smith’s program according to 247Sports. The 6-foot-8 Davis, who attends Sound Doctrine Christian Academy in LaGrange, Georgia, is the fourth commitment in the Class of 2015 for Texas Tech and he joins a front court that will be young in 2015-16.
Texas Tech’s three other commitments in the class are junior college transfer Devon Thomas and freshman guards C.J. Williamson Jr. and Jordan Jackson. Williams and Davis were teammates on the Game Elite grassroots squad, which also produced California signee Jaylen Brown.
Davis made the decision to attend Texas Tech two weeks after officially visiting the school, and he was also considering Boston College, LSU and Texas according to 247Sports. Davis officially visited Boston College in late April. Texas is currently in the running for power forward Noah Dickerson, who signed with Florida but reopened his recruitment after Billy Donovan moved on to accept the Oklahoma City Thunder’s head coaching offer.
Texas Tech’s interior rotation currently consists of rising sophomores Isaiah Manderson, Zach Smith and Norense Odiase, with redshirt junior Aaron Ross being the lone upperclassman. The addition of Davis gives Texas Tech some more athleticism in the front court, and his ability as a rebounder should come in handy for a team that ranked ninth in the Big 12 in defensive rebounding percentage last season (67.4 percent).
As Tubby Smith goes through the process of rebuilding the Texas Tech program, one area he had to address on the recruiting trail was the talent on the perimeter. Starters Robert Turner (9.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.6 apg) and Toddrick Gotcher (7.3, 2.9) return from last season’s 14-18 squad, but with Turner being a senior and Gotcher a redshirt junior the head coach and his staff have some work to do when it comes to strengthening the perimeter for the future.
Texas Tech took a step in the right direction Saturday night, as 6-foot-6 guard/forward C.J. Williamson announced via his Twitter account that he’s verbally committed to the Big 12 program. Williamson, who attends Evans HS in Orlando, Florida, was on his official visit to Texas Tech this weekend. Virginia Tech, which was scheduled to host Williamson next weekend, was also considered to be a possibility with Williamson having an original announcement date of October 27.
Williamson joins 6-foot3 guard Jordan Jackson in Texas Tech’s 2015 recruiting class to date. Five freshmen join the program this season but only one, Keenan Evans, is a guard. Four of the seven Texas Tech guards on the 2014-15 roster are upperclassmen, meaning that the staff needed to add some talent to the rotation with an eye towards the future.
In landing Williamson, a player who can play both on and off the basketball, Texas Tech adds some versatility to the perimeter. According to MaxPreps, Williamson accounted for 11.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as a junior. Williamson played his grassroots basketball for the Florida Vipers program.
College basketball coaches have chosen to go with some interesting entrances at preseason events over the years. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo has a new theme every year, usually having something to do with the destination of that season’s Final Four, and last year New Mexico’s Craig Neal rode a Harley into ‘The Pit” to kick things off in his first season as head coach.
Friday night Texas Tech head coach Tubby Smith channeled his inner “Shaft,” complete with an intro video and Tubby dressing just like the 70’s motion picture hero. And after the video Smith rode into the arena on a motorcycle, which as you can see in the video above he had some trouble controlling. No one was injured, thankfully.
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