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Men's Hoops Sign McLennan Community College's Jayson Mitchell



April 8, 1998

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech University men's basketball team announced today that McLennan Community College forward Jayson Mitchell has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Red Raiders.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Mitchell will have three years of eligibility at Texas Tech. He averaged 11.2 points, a team-high 6.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in helping lead the Highlanders to the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament for the first time since 1976. McLennan posted an overall record of 27-8 and a 13-3 record in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference.

Mitchell averaged 16.6 points and a team-high 8.0 rebounds in postseason action. He played in 28 of McLennan's 35 games this season, missing seven contests due to injury.

"We are pleased to have Jayson in our program," Texas Tech head coach James Dickey said. "He is a quality person and an outstanding student-athlete. He is athletic and has the ability to play more than one position in three years of eligiblity."

Mitchell graduated from Tyler John Tyler High School in 1996. He was all-district as a senior for John Tyler, averaging 13.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.

Today is the first day of the spring signing period under NCAA regulations that high school and junior college basketball prospects can sign national letters of intent. Texas Tech signed three players during the fall signing period: Lamesa High School center Andy Ellis, Midland College guard Jevon Banks and Tyler Junior College forward Brodney Kennard.



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