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The Texas Tech Basketball Starting Five

Now that this team has your attention, here's a chance to learn something about the guys that led this team to an 11-1 start and have provided realistic post season aspirations.

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Toddrick Gotcher, #20

Guard Toddrick Gotcher has had the hot hand behind the three point arc. He is currently averaging 11.8 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per game. Gotcher is from Garland, Texas and graduated from Lakeview Centennial High School. In his 2011-2012 freshman season he was injured in the ninth game of the season forcing him to redshirt. He is now a redshirt senior, which is hardly an accurate description because he graduated in 2014. Impressively, Gotcher also completed his master's this past December and is on his way to completing his second one during the summer of 2016.

Norense Odiase, #32

At 6'9 weighing 260 pounds, sophomore Norense Odiase has established himself as Tech's solid presence down low. He is currently averaging 9.7 points per game and 5 rebounds per game. Odiase went to North Crowley High School and Elev8 Sports prep before committing to Texas Tech. You might very well see him around campus, but be sure it is him. His brother also attends school at Tech and I hear they look very similar.

Zach Smith, #11

Smith is probably the best overall athlete on the team. He flies all over the court making marvelous plays on both sides of the ball. Almost every game he provides dunks and blocks for the highlight reels. Smith, from Plano, TX, went to Plano East High School and is currently a sophomore. For the 2015-2016 season Zach is averaging 10.3 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game. Smith is majoring in sports management.

Devaugntah Williams, #0

Williams is the team's leading scorer, currently averaging 15.2 points per game along with 4.4 rebounds per game. He is a senior in only his second year at Texas Tech. He transferred from Missouri State-West Plains Junior College where he led the team in scoring for two straight years. Williams is from Canton, Ohio and played at McKinley High School. Devaugntah is the only starter that previously played JUCO ball and is majoring in Human Sciences.

Keenan Evans, #12

Sophomore Keenan Evans is averaging 8.7 points per game and 3.0 rebounds per game. Evans is a Richardson native and graduated from Berkner High School. He was one of our more heavily recruited players and chose Tech over Big 12 schools UT, West Virginia, and Kansas State. Keenan is majoring in electronic and media communication. Right now it seems Evans gives way to seniors Gotcher and Williams on the court, however next season Tech will lean on him as the most experienced guard on the team.