Tag:Texas Tech
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:11 pm

Ex-Arkansas signee Aaron Ross pops for Texas Tech

By Jeff Borzello

Despite recruiting taking a back seat to conference play, Texas Tech has made a killing on the recruiting trail in recent weeks. In mid-February, the Red Raiders nabbed two commitments from top-100 forward Wannah Bail and strong guard Michael Carey.

On Wednesday morning, Billy Gillispie picked up another commitment, from former Arkansas signee Aaron Ross.

The news was confirmed to CBSSports.com by St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy (Wisc.) assistant coach Bryan Clayton.

The 6-foot-6 small forward from Little Rock, Ark. was expected to play for the Razorbacks last fall, but a hang-up with ACT results forced him to prep school. Because he has a learning disability, he needs to take his tests under special circumstances. While at Parkview (Ark.), he never took the untimed and verbal test. At SJNMA, Ross has received the proper accommodations and is on track to be cleared for next season.

Ross is a combo forward who can score in a variety of ways. He has a nice mid-range jumper and uses his strength to get points around the basket against smaller defenders. Ross absorbs contact effectively, and has a good feel for the game.

He chose the Red Raiders over Dayton, Alabama and others. 

Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:17 am

Wannah Bail & Michael Carey headed to Texas Tech

By Jeff Borzello

It’s been an exciting couple of days for Texas Tech basketball. On Saturday, the Red Raiders finally won their first game of the Big 12 season, beating Oklahoma by 18.

Things got even better on Monday, as Billy Gillispie picked up commitments from Wannah Bail and Michael Carey.

Bail and Carey are seniors from Lamar Consolidated (Texas), and were being pursued by Houston, Oregon, Florida State and others in the past few months. The two Bahamas natives had said they would announce their decisions back in October, but it seems that scholarship issues prevented them from committing to Houston.

Bail, a 6-foot-8 power forward, is ranked in the CBSSports.com Top 100. He has the physical tools to dominate, given his strength and ability to run the floor effectively. Bail gets solid position for post-ups on the offensive end, and just needs to refine his back-to-the-basket moves and finishing in traffic. Defensively, he’s a very good shot blocker and rebounder.

Meanwhile, Carey is a talented 6-foot-5 point guard who has been playing more off the ball lately. He has very good size for his position, and is explosive off the dribble. Carey is difficult to keep from getting to the rim, and he also has improved his mid-range and pull-up jumpers. He is also a very good defender due to his strength and athleticism. He has recovered from a toe injury that limited him during the summer.

The two join guards Dusty Hannahs and Daylen Robinson in Texas Tech’s 2012 recruiting class.

Posted on: August 9, 2011 1:41 pm

Chris Walker has five schools standing out early

By Jeff Borzello

Coming off an outstanding spring and summer, Chris Walker was running out of opponents to dominate.

Walker ranks No. 6 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100 in 2013, using his athleticism and length to go from a very good prospect to a can’t-miss recruit.At Adidas Nations, Walker went up against Steven Adams, the New Zealand native who was drawing rave reviews for his play out in Harbor City, Calif. The 6-foot-10 Walker didn’t back down, though, racking up 24 points and 10 rebounds, once again proving he is one of the best prospects in the country. He also went for 15 points and seven boards against Andre Drummond in the Championship game.

“It was just me playing hard,” Walker told me in June. “I tried to show everyone what I could do. I put in the work. I improved my game tremendously.”

Not surprisingly, plenty of schools are in the mix for the Holmes County (Fla.) forward.

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Alabama, Louisville, Baylor and Tennessee called him immediately after the July live period ended, while Ohio State, Florida, Kansas, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Connecticut, Texas, Texas Tech and others have all offered.

One school noticeably absent from that list of offers is Kentucky. The Wildcats have offered juniors Kasey Hill and Malik Price-Martin, who also play in the Florida Rams AAU program.

“They may offer soon,” Walker said.

Although it’s still early in the process, five schools are standing out for the rising junior.

“I’m really feeling Florida, Kentucky, Ohio State, Kansas and Florida State,” he said.

With Adidas Nations over, he plans on taking trips to Kentucky, Ohio State, Florida, Kansas and Alabama.

“I want to get a feel, for now,” Walker said.

While he is only entering his junior season, Walker did not say he planned on waiting until his senior campaign to make a college decision.

“I don’t know yet,” he said. “Whenever I feel comfortable, I will commit.”

Photo: Five-Star Basketball

Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:14 pm

Two standing out for Alex Caruso

By Jeff Borzello

It’s only been two months since Alex Caruso blew up at the Pangos All-American Camp in early June, but he’s already beginning to make advances in his recruitment.

“I have probably 7-10 schools I’m still interested in,” Caruso said.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard from A&M Consolidated School (Texas) can do a little bit of everything on the wing. He is surprisingly athletic, and is very good when he leaves his feet in traffic. Caruso, who ranks No. 99 in CBSSports.com's Top 100, is at his best when using floaters and other non-traditional finishes, but he can also pass and handle.

Richmond, Texas A&M, Colorado, Oregon and Creighton made him a priority, contacting him shortly after the July period ended. Texas Tech, Arizona State, Northern Colorado and Sam Houston State have also extended offers.

Two schools are standing out right now to the College Station, Texas native.

“A&M and Colorado are slightly ahead of the pack but not too far ahead,” Caruso said.

Most of the Pac-12 has shown interest to him, while Boston College and Georgia Tech are making inroads from the opposite coast.

While Caruso is ready to trim his list, he’s not ready to go public with his finalists now.

“I don’t want to put anything out yet because it’s not final and me and my parents need to talk also,” he said.

Photo: Texas Basketball Inc.

Posted on: July 5, 2011 4:53 pm

Jordan Goodman makes choice -- for the 3rd time

By Jeff Borzello 

Maybe the third time is the charm for Jordan Goodman. 

Goodman, who had previously committed and de-committed from both Georgetown and Rutgers, made another college decision Tuesday, choosing coach Billy Gillispie and Texas Tech. The news was confirmed to CBSSports.com by Antwain Tennell, Goodman's AAU coach with the Dwight Howard Warriors. 

"It was just a good choice for him," Tennell said. "They need a wing to step in right away and play." 

Goodman is a 6-foot-9 forward from the Washington, D.C., area who attends Arlington Country Day (Fla.), where Tennell is also an assistant coach. Goodman had previously gone to school at Progressive Christian (Md.) and Seneca Valley (Md.). He ran with the DC Assault AAU program until switching this season. 

The well-traveled Goodman has also changed college commitments as often as high schools. He originally popped for Georgetown in March of last year, citing a connection to Dave Cox, the former Georgetown assistant and DC Assault coach. When Cox went to Rutgers two months later, Goodman decommitted from the Hoyas. 

In a move that came as a surprise to no one, Goodman gave a pledge to Rutgers in June of 2010. The connection to Cox seemed to cement the decision. But two months ago, Goodman reneged on his commitment to Rutgers and reopened his recruitment. 

Will this commitment stick? 

Only time will tell. After all, there's still 14 months before Goodman will arrive on a college campus. For now, that campus appears as if it will be Texas Tech.
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Texas Tech
Posted on: June 28, 2011 10:12 am
Edited on: June 28, 2011 10:20 am

Marcus Smart gets defensive


By Jeff Borzello

In a camp setting or on the AAU circuit, the mindset of several players revolves around impressing scouts and coaches with offense.

For Marcus Smart, he is far more likely to garner attention for being arguably the best perimeter defender in his class.

“With my school team, we’ve been the No. 1 defense for the last few years,” Smart said. “Defense wins games; you have to be able to play defense.

Smart is a 6-foot-4 swingman from Marcus, Texas, with a strong build and a physical brand of basketball. At the NBPA Top 100 camp last week, Smart took Duke-commit Rasheed Sulaimon completely off his game by bodying him throughout the contest.

He is not all defense, though. Smart is a big-time athlete who can finish in transition and even showed some perimeter skills by knocking down 3-point shots. He has a non-stop motor and is one of the fiercest competitors in the country. Smart can also rebound fairly well and is capable of handling the ball.

While Smart is going to be an immediate fan favorite at whichever school he attends, the Gatorade Player of the Year in Texas isn’t too far along in his recruitment.

He listed offers from the entire Big 12, and he also recently picked up an offer from North Carolina.

Smart also added that North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma were the three schools standing out.

“I don’t know when I want to decide,” he said. “It depends on school.”

Smart, who hasn't taken many visits, knows what he is looking for in a school.

“It has to have a good educational program, first,” Smart said. “And how I get along with the players and coaches.”

Photo: The News Connection

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