Justin Jamison started out the season in Tubby Smith's doghouse. He was benched through the first 3 non-conference games, then got 6 minutes of playing time against Northwestern State. He was used sparingly over the rest of the season. His biggest game came in the lopsided loss to Kansas in which he logged his highest stats; 21 minute, 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 block. No other game did Jamison get more than 9 minutes of playing time, and he had not been used on the court in the previous 5 contests before the K-State game.
We learned shortly before the game on Wednesday that Jamison had been dismissed from the team...
Texas Tech announced on Wednesday evening that they have dismissed Justin Jamison from the team for a violation of team rules.
The announcement came just hours before the Red Raiders were scheduled to tip off against Kansas State.
Jamison was a 6-foot-9 junior forward. The junior college transfer was averaging just 2.7 points and 2.0 boards in about seven minutes a night.
Jamison was a 13th round pick in the 2009 amateur baseball draft coming out of high school before an arm injury derailed his career.
This is unfortunate for a Red Raiders frontcourt squad that has been struggling to get points in the paint. Jamison was thought of to be a big contributor this season at the 4 & 5 positions. Regrettable, it did not develop that way. The violation of team rules was undisclosed, so the rumor mill will be churning. But, I wish the best to Jamison wherever he may land next in his basketball career.
A note to keep in mind is that this does open up an available scholarship for recruiting purposes. CJ Williamson and Jordan Jackson will not be the only new faces added to the roster.
After West Virginia loss...
"We were overwhelmed by West Virginia’s pressure... We had 26 turnovers. We really didn’t do what we worked on as far as taking care of the basketball. You can’t really simulate how aggressive and how physical West Virginia is, so it was a long day." - Coach Tubby Smith
After win against K-State...
"We were more patient on offense. We allowed guys to set screens and limited our dribbles." - Devaugntah Williams
"I was very proud of how we shared the basketball and made the extra pass. That’s the key to winning if you can keep the ball moving and finding the open man." - Coach Tubby Smith
Stats vs WVU
Stats vs K-State
Above are the individual stats from the last two games against WVU & K-State. The thing that stands out to me first is the minutes played by the backcourt. They differ a whole lot in each game. In a loss to WVU we had the majority of minutes with Onwuasor, Evans, and Turner getting 34, 32, and 28 respectively. Then in the win against K-State we give the lion's share of minutes to Turner, Williams, and Gotcher getting 35, 31, and 24 respectively.
The senior and two juniors in the backcourt did a great job to get the victory on Wednesday. There are many factors that go into how the minutes were divide up in both games, as Williams got 2 fouls in the 1st half against the Mountaineers and was having major problems with turnovers. Other things happened that made more sense to have the younger backcourt guys on the floor more, but the end result of the WVU game was a loss.
Williams and Turner are so hot-and-cold, and they sometimes just need time to get their shot to fall. I'm all-in on giving Williams more minutes for the chance he could get hot at any point in the game, and get us some much needed scoring.
Tubby Smith has been shuffling the lineup around quite a bit, but take notice that the more experienced players getting the most minutes in the backcourt made the most sense out of the last 2 games. We are a team that desperately needs to pump up our offensive output. Turner, Williams, and Gotcher are the backcourt guys that are getting it done right now.
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