Nash, Tapsoba Sign National Letters Of Intent With Tech Hoops

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April 13, 2011

LUBBOCK, Texas - Newly named head men's basketball coach Billy Gillispie has begun putting his mark on the Red Raiders with the signing of standouts Jaron Nash and Kader Tapsoba from Tyler Junior College.

Nash and Tapsoba both signed national letters of intent earlier today and will join the Red Raider program this fall.

Nash, a 6-8 forward from Waterloo, Iowa, will come to Texas Tech as a sophomore and will have three years of eligibility after recently completing his freshman season at Tyler Junior College. He averaged 11 points-per-game along with 4.3 rebounds during his redshirt freshman season with the Apaches.

"We are really excited to have Jaron in our program," said Gillispie. "He fits the profile of what we are looking for in that he is a good player and a great student. His dad was a great basketball player and has been very well coached at Tyler Junior College under Mike Marquis. He is very long and athletic which is what we are looking for."

"There are two things that really standout about Jaron. He can handle the basketball like he is a point guard and that really gives him a chance at a great future. Secondly, we will have him for three years which is a unique situation coming from junior college."

Tapsoba, a 6-10 center from Burkina Faso, Africa, averaged 6.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game as a sophomore and will have two years of eligibility remaining at Texas Tech. Faso was also named a 2010 Distinguished Academic All-American for his performance in the classroom.

"Kader is one of the most respectful young men I have ever met," remarked Gillispie. "He comes from a very unique family situation and is just an incredible person. As a student, he is just off the chart. Kader is tall, long, athletic and light on his feet. He led the league in shot blocks last year which is really impressive considering how competitive that conference is. He is still growing and improving and is eager to learn and really wants to be at Texas Tech."



Nash and Topsoba helped lead Tyler Junior College to a 19-11 record last season, including an 11-3 mark at home.

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