Nurse Inks National Letter Of Intent With Texas Tech Basketball|
April 17, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Billy Gillispie's first team at Texas Tech is beginning to take shape as the Red Raiders added another signee to the 2011-12 signing class with the addition of Midland College point guard Ty Nurse.
"We are very excited to have Ty (Nurse) as part of our program," remarked Gillispie. "He is a multidimensional guard that can do a lot of different things. The thing that he has done the best, in one of the toughest junior college conferences in the country, at one of the most prestigious junior college programs - is win. We love recruiting winners and he goes right to the top of that list." "He has been well coached and the chemistry was immediate with our players when he came on his visit. He is the type of player we want to help us reach the goals we have set for the program."
Nurse, a 6-1, 180 product of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, joins the Red Raider program along with Kader Tapsoba and Jaron Nash, whom Gillispie signed on Wednesday of last week. The three April additions will give Texas Tech a total of eight new faces when classes begin this fall.
"Texas Tech was a great fit and I really enjoyed getting to know coach Gillispie," said Nurse. "I feel like this is a great opportunity and we have a good chance to win starting next year. There is a great support here in Lubbock and I am excited to be a Red Raider."
Nurse joins the Red Raiders from nearby Midland College where he helped lead the Chaps to a 33-4 overall record and a Western Junior College Athletic Conference championship - his second in two seasons in Midland. The Chaps fell just shy of the national championship as they dropped a 72-64 decision to the College of Southern Idaho in the title game.
"Ty is a really solid point guard," noted Midland College head coach Ross Hodge. "He makes good decisions, doesn't turn the ball over and can make open shots. Point guards are a lot like quarterbacks in that they are judged on winning, and no other junior college point guard in the country has won more games than he has over the last two years. Off the court, he is a man of character and someone that I think the fans in Lubbock will really enjoy watching over the next couple of years at Texas Tech."
Last season, he averaged 9.15 points-per-game, was an 82 percent free throw shooter (54-of-66), shot 54 percent behind the arc, dealt out 99 total assists and committed just 45 turnovers in 32 games. He was an All-Conference and All-Region performer last season and was also tabbed the team's most valuable player. During his time in Midland, the Chaps compiled an impressive 63-7 overall record and a 25-3 mark in conference play.
TEXAS TECH SIGNEES