On June 14th, Brandone Francis, a Florida Transfer, decided to make his new home right here in Lubbock, Texas.
That’s big news for the Red Raiders and Coach Chris Beard who since Francis’ announcement has already landed another transfer. Among a lot of speculation on what direction Coach Beard would be leading the Red Raiders, this Florida transfer is a safety blanket for Beard. Although Francis’ commitment is somewhat of old news, there is something to be said about the athleticism he will be bringing to the program. After watching several videos on Francis, the first thing that became evident to me was his willingness to attack the basket. Even though Francis will have to sit a year out due to transfer rules, he will have an extra year to get comfortable with Coach Beard’s motion offense. If his consistency to drive to the basket holds up, he will be scoring a lot of points in this offense. Besides his ability to drive, he has a solid shot. He looks comfortable shooting from the arch, and is also able to shoot on command. Although it seems that Chris Beard is emphasizing defense for his team, the offense will get significantly better. Francis’ shooting will be a compliment to and improved offense whenever he has the opportunity to step onto the court.
The Florida transfer also has the ability to distribute. In this , there are a couple of times in some of his highlight videos where he dumps it off in the paint with little hesitation. That will rack up a lot of assists and a lot of points from the big men in the paint. With his athleticism and skill set, I really believe that he will be a huge help in scoring points for the Red Raiders. Just imagine him along Justin Gray, Keenan Evans, Zach Smith, and Norense Odiase. That’s a potent lineup ready to win some games. Although nothing is guaranteed until he actually is able to play, it’s wishful thinking to know in the season after next we’ll have ourselves a player who can hopefully make the Red Raiders much better.