The day that Texas Tech head coach Tubby Smith announced the signing of PG Keenan Evans, SG Devaugntah Williams, PF Justin Jamison and PF Norense Odiase, he mentioned that he and his staff are still out there recruiting for the 2014 class (via LAJ):
"We’re still recruiting," Smith said. "We probably will be making some announcements in the future."
Since then, I've somewhat just been waiting on something, some sort of news to break that would lead us to what players the staff is recruiting, and as you all know, Smith found PG Robert Turner and PG Randy Onwuasor late in the recruiting process after being hired in the spring of last year.
Late last week, we found out that Texas Tech is hosting F Shane Henry from Georgia Perimeter C.C., a 6-8/180 forward that would help immediately with the depth at the forward spot, especially after the knee injury to F Aaron Ross, who will be out until January (via College Basketball Talk & @JUCORecruiting):
2. Shane Henry, Georgia Perimeter: The 6-foot-8 Henry will take official visits to Louisiana Tech on May 9-10 and Texas Tech May 19-20, while also planning a visit to Virginia Tech, according to Winton. Henry averaged 13.2 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game at Georgia Perimeter Community College this past season.
The best part of those numbers is that Henry shot 51% from the field, at least that's important for me. Henry is a guy that's around the rim and he's got a huge vertical. In the video below, Henry has a decent looking outside shot, although he only shot 16 three-point attempts last year, and he had 271 total attempts all year. You get the idea. Henry doesn't really rely on his three-point shot much at all. It's hard to comprehend all of those blocks, 4.7 a game, for a guy that's just 6-8 and 180, but he's definitely an above the rim player. Same thing for those rebounds.
I think I'm getting a bit desperate in the frontcourt, especially as I work on the depth chart and eligibility remaining for the team and the frontcourt is incredibly thin. Henry's addition would be both necessary and beneficial.
While looking at the @JUCORecruiting twitter timeline I found a recent post about some players from the Texas JUCO circuit, including South Plains College forward Ryan Martin (6-9), who is considering St. John's as well as Tobe Okafor (6-10) from Western Texas College, who is considering Houston and Long Beach State (via JUCO Recruiting). If anyone knows about these players, it's Mark Adams and you would hope that if Texas Tech thought they were worth a scholarship spot this year, they would be heading towards Lubbock for a visit.