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Red Raiders Add to Basketball Recruiting Class

Coach Pat Knight has signed another player to a National Letter of Intent.
Coach Pat Knight has signed another player to a National Letter of Intent.

April 22, 2009

LUBBOCK, Texas - Coach Pat Knight has signed another recruit to a National Letter of Intent. The newest Texas Tech player is from Temple Hills, Maryland.

David Tairu, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound guard from South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, will enter Texas Tech next season as a junior. David averaged 17.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in his sophomore season. He played 24 minutes per game, was the leading scorer for the Texans, and registered a season-high of 29 points.

Last week, David was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association's All-America Third Team. He helped lead his Texan squad to an overall record of 27-4, a runner-up finish in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference, and a spot in the Region 5 Championship game. For his efforts, David was voted the Most Valuable Player in the conference and earned a spot on the Region 5 team.

In his first season at South Plains College, David and current Red Raider, Nick Okorie, won the NJCAA National Tournament. Steve Green's squad completed the year with 30 wins and 5 losses. David averaged 14.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in his first collegiate season. An All-Conference selection as a freshman, David had a season-high of 28 points and scored in double figures 29 times.

David is the fifth addition to the Red Raiders next season. He joins incoming juniors Brad Reese (Gulf Coast Community College / Panama City, Florida) and Theron Jenkins (Itawamba Community College / Fulton, Mississippi). The three junior college standouts will be joined by two incoming freshmen, Jaye Crockett (Clovis High School / Clovis, New Mexico) and Mike Davis (Wheatley High School / Houston, Texas).

For information on becoming a 2009-2010 season ticket holder for Men's Basketball games at the United Spirit Arena, please call (888) GO-BIG-12 or (806) 742-TECH or stop by the Texas Tech Athletic Ticket Office in the north end of Jones AT&T Stadium.



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