Texas Tech Men's Basketball Signs Mario Layne

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April 17, 1998

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech University men's basketball team announced today that Mario Layne, a swing from South Plains College, has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Red Raiders.

At 6-foot-6, 180 pounds, Layne was named first team All-Conference in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference as a member of the South Plains College squad this season. He earned first-team All-Region honors, averaging a team high 15.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists.

"Mario is a special person and outstanding player," said Texas Tech head coach James Dickey. "He is extremely athletic and his upside is tremendous. He is an explosive athlete who will give us a player who can go make plays. Mario is an excellent student who will be a great representative of our program and Texas Tech University."

"Coach Shawn Scanlan has been instrumental in Mario's development. He comes from a first-class program at South Plains. We are very excited about Mario being the first player from South Plains College to sign with the Red Raiders," Dickey said.

Layne, a native of Wildey, St. Michael in Barbados, helped the Texans to a 20-12 overall record and a second place conference finish this season. The team advanced to the junior college regional semi-finals in Waco, Texas.

"We are very excited about Mario's decision," said South Plains College head coach Shawn Scanlan. "He's made a strong presence in our program and that is a result of a lot of hard work. Every player dreams of an opportunity like this. He was an asset to our program last year and he will bring that to Texas Tech."

"Texas Tech was a selection made among a lot of other schools, and Mario felt most confident with things in Tech's program. He is a great athlete, a fine person, and a solid student. He has a consistent work ethic and wants to get better. I think he will be able to fill a void and give Texas Tech an impact player. I am confident that this will be a great situation for him," said Scanlan.

Layne is the second junior college player to sign with the Red Raider program this spring. He joins McLennan Community College forward Jayson Mitchell. Three additional players were signed 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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