A former top-50 recruit is joining Chris Beard at Texas Tech.
Brandone Francis-Ramirez, is transferring from Florida to become a Red Raider, he announced Tuesday,
It was an inglorious two-year run for Francis-Ramirez in Gainesville as he was ineligible his freshman year for academic reasons and then averaged just 10.8 minutes per game as a sophomore under first-year coach Mike White, who took over the program when Billy Donovan jumped to the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.
Francis-Ramirez shot 20.2 percent from the floor and 16.9 percent from 3-point range in his limited action last season. While his collegiate track record has been sparse, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard was one of the most well-regarded players in the 2014 class, with Rivals ranking him 35th nationally and the likes of Cincinnati, Indiana and USC offering him.
Texas Tech gets a bit of a reclamation project with quite a bit of upside once Francis-Ramirez becomes eligible in 2017-18. He’ll have two years of eligibility remaining.