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Texas Tech Recruits Information

Six newcomers join the Red Raiders in 1998-99.

July 24, 1998

ANDY ELLIS
C * Fr. * 6-10 * 200 * HS
Lamesa, Texas (Lamesa)

All-state performer as a senior for Lamesa High School...led team to 32-4 record and appearance in the final four semifinals of the state basketball tournament...All-South Plains Player of the Year...Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 4A All-State...All-Region pick...District 2-4A Player of the Year...averaged 21.6 points and 11.2 rebounds as a senior...tallied 23 double-doubles in 35 games as a senior...had 30 points against both San Angelo Central and Lubbock Monterey...all-district as a junior, averaging 16 points, 10 rebounds and 3.5 blocks...born Aug. 19, 1980...son of Johnnie and Linda Ellis.

JEVON BANKS
G * So. * 5-11 * 175 * Tr
Las Vegas, Nev. (Valley/Midland College)

One of two players (James Ware) to sign with Texas Tech out of Midland College...dished out a team-high 88 steals while averaging 5.6 points...shot over 50 percent from the floor and from three-point range...had a team season-high nine assists versus Odessa College...second on the team with 53 steals...had better than a 2 to 1 assist to turnover ratio last season...averaged 17.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 5.0 steals for Valley High's Southern Nevada Zone champions...first-team all-conference selection who helped the Vikings to the Class 4A state semifinals...Southern Nevada Zone player of the week...McDonalds All-America nominee...born May 15, 1979...son of Karen Banks-Alexander.

BRODNEY KENNARD
F * Jr. * 6-8 * 215 * Tr
Fort Worth, Texas (Southwest/Wisconsin-Milwaukee/Tyler Junior College)

Averaged 9.9 points and 8.1 rebounds in his sophomore season at Tyler Junior College...transferred to Tyler JC after playing one season at Wisconsin-Milwaukee...played in eight games for UWM as a rookie in 1996-97...averaged 2.4 points and 2.8 rebounds in a reserve role...played at Fort Worth Southwest, where Texas Tech teammate Johnny Phillips also prepped...averaged 20 points and 13 rebounds as a senior, 18 points and 10 boards as a junior...all-city and all-district final two seasons...born Aug. 29, 1978...son of Sheryl and Moses Davis.

MARIO LAYNE
F * Jr. * 6-6 * 180 * Tr
Wildey, St. Michael, Barbados (The Lodge School/South Plains College)

Second-team NJCAA All-Region 5...first-team All-Western Junior College Athletic Conference...averaged 15.2 points and 4.7 rebounds...hit 49.5 percent of his shots...averaged 7.0 points and 3.2 rebounds as a freshman...attended The Lodge School in Barbados...averaged 18.0 points and 5.0 rebounds for KFC Pinelands club team squad, which won the Premier League title in 1996...born June 1, 1977...son of Michael Hunte and Betty Layne of St. Michael, Barbados.

JAYSON MITCHELL
F * So. * 6-5 * 200 * Tr
Tyler, Texas (Tyler John Tyler/Colorado State/McLennan Community College)

Helped McLennan Community College advance to the national tournament for the first time since 1976...averaged 10.5 points and 6.2 rebounds despite missing action due to shoulder injury...came back from mishap to average 17 points and 8.5 rebounds... originally attended Colorado State ...first-team all-district pick led Tyler John Tyler to 27-7 record and Class 5A playoff berth...averaged 13.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks as a senior ...born Nov. 4, 1978...son of Billy and Marie Mitchell.

JAMES WARE
G/F * Jr. * 6-5 * 200 * Tr
Minneapolis, Minn. (Hopkins/Colorado State/Midland College)

Played one season at Colorado State before transferring to Midland College...talented three-point shooter made a team-high 31 treys last season...averaged 6.6 points...one of only four players to see action in all 30 games...redshirt at Colorado State in 1995-96...played in 10 games in '96-97...scored four points against Utah...averaged 21.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists as a senior for John Hopkins High School...was twice a finalist for Minnesota's Mr. Basketball...led Hopkins to a 23-1 mark in 1995...all-state and all-league as a junior and senior...two-time all-state tournament team member...conference MVP in 1995...born Sept. 4, 1976...son of Christine Treanor.

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