The Texas Tech Red Raiders are coming off a season that saw them losing the National Championship to the Virginia Cavaliers. Head Coach Chris Beard will be looking to reload and make another deep run in the NCAA Tournament. The addition of Virginia Tech graduate transfer Chris Clarke could help accomplish that goal.
Source: Virginia Tech graduate transfer Chris Clarke just committed to Texas Tech. Massive news for Chris Beard.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) May 15, 2019
The experienced wing was suspended for his senior season at Virginia Tech for an undisclosed reason, so he has one year remaining in college eligibility. He is listed at 6’6″ and 215 pounds and can provide upperclassmen leadership to the team. His junior season with the Hokies saw him average 8.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. He is also a stellar defender all over the court.
This move makes Texas Tech a serious threat to the Big 12 once again and it could make them a potential top ten team in college basketball. Chris Beard has begun establishing Texas Tech as a serious powerhouse and could be building them into a serious program for years to come.
Now I feel confident about putting Chris Beard and Texas Tech in the Preseason Top 10 or so after the addition of Chris Clarke.
May sound crazy, but it sounded far crazier a year ago that he’d lose 5 of top 7 from Elite Eight team and nearly win the national title.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) May 15, 2019
The new Red Raider will spend one year with the program and should be a starter that will help anchor the team full of budding potential. Chris Clarke is looking for a fresh start and will spend a year with a team that is an ideal fit for him and his style of play.