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Double-T Nation Daily Diatribe :: Slim Pickings

Expectations: LAJ's Courtney Linehan writes that the Texas Tech basketball team expects to make the NCAA Tournament this season (which is what my expectations are as well).  Here's SF Mike Singletary:

"As we were coming in as freshmen we always thought our senior year, it's going to be us three," Singletary said. "We know what we're going to get out of Brad Reese, Theron Jenkins, guys like that, so it all comes down to how we play.

"We have to all three play good every single night, and if we play good every single night I don't see us not living up to our potential and being one of the best teams in the country."

I'm glad we're all on the same page.

Singletary also provide a little bit of insight on JUCO PF Paul Cooper, who we hope is exactly what Singletary describes:

The 6-foot-7 forward is still rehabbing and will not be in Lubbock until the second session of summer school begins July 7. When Roberts gets back, transfer Paul Cooper, a junior college teammate of Brad Reese's, will join Robert Lewandowski and him in the post. Cooper's been impressive in summer intrasquad scrimmages. His 6-foot-8, 280-pound frame stands out among the shooter-heavy lineup. Singletary said Cooper's style is nothing like that of Darko Cohadarevic, last year's starting center.

"Darko was a finesse player, liked to step out and shoot jumpers. With Coop he likes to get in there, he likes to bang and he likes to dunk. He likes to rebound. That's exactly what we need."

I'm not going to get my hopes up, but if Cooper was anything like this, it would make me happy.

Miscellaneous:  Pretty slim pickings this morning, especially on the football ledger.  Nebraksa State Paper's Samuel McKewon has a pretty decent preview of the Big 12.  Not many mentions of Texas Tech, but it's a decent read . . . CT's Dave Matter writes about why he thinks that TAMU's Jerrod Johnson is better than MU's Blaine Gabbert (I would agree with Dave) and looks at the stats of Big 12 running backs, in particular OSU's Keith Totson Kendall Hunter . . .

2011 Recruiting Table:  After the jump is the updated recruiting table.  I'm working on updating each individual profile (probably this weekend).  Let me know if there are any errors or revisions that I need to make:

Position Commitment Ht/Wt High School/State Rivals Rivals Rating Scout ESPN ESPN Grade
QB Michael Brewer 6-0/175 Lake Travis (Austin, TX) 4 5.8 3 3 78
RB Kenny Williams 5-10/210 Hendrickson (Pflugerville, TX) 4 5.8 4 4 80
RB Bradley Marquez 5-11/180 Odessa (Odessa, TX) 3 5.7 4 4 79
WR Derek Edwards 6-1/163 Brenham (Brenham, TX) 3 5.7 3 3 79
TE Jace Amaro 6-5/237 MacArthur (San Antonio, TX) 4 5.8 3 3 78
OL Tony Morales 6-4/300 Sam Houston (Arlington TX) 4 5.8 3 N/A 45
OL Alfredo Morales 6-3/287 Sam Houston (Arlington TX) 3 5.7 3 N/A 45
OL Le'Raven Clark 6-6/245 Rockdale (Rockdale TX) 3 5.7 3 3 79
DL James Castleman 6-4/255 Amarillo (Amarillo, TX) N/A N/A 3 3 77
DE Kindred Evans 6-6/215 South Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie, TX) N/A N/A 2 3 75
DL/LB Devon Hocutt 6-0/260 Ellison (Killeen, TX) 3 5.6 3 2 74
LB Terrell Hartsfield 6-4/215 Hargrave MA (Chatham, VA) N/A N/A 3 N/A 45
LB Blake Dees 6-0/234 Spanish Fort (Spanish Fort, AL) 3 5.5 2 2 73
DB Freddie Warner 5-9/170 L.G. Pinkston (Dallas, TX) N/A N/A N/A N/A 45
Averages 2.42 4.07 2.78 2.14 68.00