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Rayford Young One of Nation's Best Players Under Six-Foot




September 17, 1998

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech University junior guard Rayford Young (Pampa, Texas) was named one of the nation's top men's basketball players under six feet tall, according to Athlon Sports College Basketball 1998-99.

One of the first preseason college basketball magazines to hit the newsstands, Athlon listed Young as the eighth-best player under six feet. The 5-foot-11 point guard is Tech's leading returning scorer from last year, when he averaged 15.4 points and dished out a team-high 116 assists.

The list of best players under 6-0 include Khalid El-Amin (Connecticut), Terrell McIntyre, (Clemson), Chico Fletcher (Arkansas State), G.G. Smith (Georgia), Kareem Reid (Arkansas), Shaheen Holloway (Seton Hall), Shawnta Rogers (George Washington), Young, Jimmal Ball (Akron), and Detric Golden (Memphis).

Despite being listed as one of the nation's best players under six-foot, Young was not included on one of the three All-Big 12 Conference squads. Senior Stan Bonewitz (San Antonio, Texas), who averaged 12.9 points and 4.9 rebounds, was named to the All-Big 12 Third Team. The team's only senior ranked second in the Big 12 last season with 3.1 three-pointers per game and a 41.8 percentage from beyond the arc.

Texas Tech, which returns four starters and six letter winners, was picked by the magazine to finish eighth in the Big 12. The Red Raiders open the 1998-99 season with exhibition action on Tuesday, Nov. 10 against Arkansas Express at 7:00 p.m. in the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. Tech opens the regular season on Thursday, Nov. 19 against Texas-San Antonio at 7:00 p.m. in the Coliseum.

Preseason Big 12 Rankings
Oklahoma State
Kansas State
Texas Tech
Iowa State
Texas A&M

All-Big 12 First Team Ryan Robertson, G, Kansas Venson Hamilton, C, Nebraska Eduardo Najera, F, Oklahoma Adrian Peterson, G, Oklahoma State Kris Clack, G/F, Texas

Second Team Kenny Price, G, Colorado Manny Dies, F, Kansas State Albert White, G/F, Missouri Doug Gottlieb, G, Oklahoma State Chris Mihm, C, Texas

Third Team Marcus Fizer, F, Iowa State Kenny Gregory, G/F, Kansas Ryan Humphrey, F, Oklahoma Shanne Jones, F, Texas A&M Stan Bonewitz, G, Texas Tech



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