Coach Pat Knight Announces Five Signings|
Nov. 15, 2010
LUBBOCK, TX - Texas Tech head coach Pat Knight announced Monday the signing of five high school seniors to National Letters of Intent to play for the Red Raiders beginning with the 2011-12 season. All five incoming freshmen hail from Texas.
Coach Pat Knight declared,"Top to bottom, this is the best class we have signed at Texas Tech. All of these high school seniors were our first choices. Each of the incoming players have the talent to be able to make an immediate impact for us. We replace some very talented athletes next season and I believe our incoming class does just that."
Kevin Wagner, a 5-foot-8, 145-pound guard from Estacado High School in Lubbock, was the first commitment in the 2011 recruiting class. As a junior, Wagner averaged 17.6 points, 4.8 assists and 3.2 steals per game while leading the Matadors to a 34-4 record and the Class 3A state championship.
The second high school signee, Toddrick Gotcher, is a 6-foot-3, 185-guard from Garland. Last year, Gotcher averaged 17.6 points per game, 2.3 assists, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per game for his Lakeview Centennial squad. The senior Patriot noted, "The coaching staff is great and the system they run is nice. The fact that it is in the Big 12 and has a great campus makes the environment an amazing place for me."
Fort Worth All Saints Episcopal's 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward, Jordan Tolbert, averaged 16.9 points, 3.9 blocks, 10.1 rebounds, and 2.8 steals as a junior. He is described by coaches as very athletic and active on both ends of the floor. Tolbert compares his presence on the court Red Raider senior D'walyn Roberts.
The fourth signee, Galveston native, Terran Petteway, a 6-foot-7, 185-pound forward, commented on his visit to Texas Tech, "I loved it there. Coach Pat Knight was really cool, and the team just seemed like a big family. And they play that up-tempo style that I love." Last year, Petteway averaged 19.1 points per game for his Galveston Ball HS team.
The fifth high school signee in the 2011 class, Hershey Robinson, is a former teammate of current Red Raider freshman Javarez Willis at the Christian Life Center Academy in Humble. The 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward is described as being very mobile and runs the floor well where he can finish.
After Friday night's 86-67 opening win over ULM, Texas Tech travels to Denton, Texas, for Tuesday's game against North Texas. Catch all the action on Double T 104.3 with Mark Finker and Andy Ellis.
Texas Tech holds an 8-5 margin against North Texas. Tuesday's game will be the first meeting between the Red Raiders and the Mean Green since Tech's 100-70 win at home on December 1, 1999.
Texas Tech returns to the United Spirit Arena on Friday, November 19, when they host the Lumberjacks of Stephen F. Austin at 7:00 p.m.
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