Texas Tech basketball coach Chris Beard has a sizable recruiting class coming to campus in the fall, comprising five commits - three JUCO and two high school players. Expect Beard to add one more high school recruit before the summer to help replace some of the departing players. The last thing Tech needs is group of vacant roster spots in the roster when the JUCO players depart in only two years. This week we take a closer look at three of the five members of the 2017 recruiting class.
Jarrett Culver - Shooting Guard, Lubbock, TX (Coronado)
Jarrett Culver, who signed with the Red Raiders in November 2016, had a pretty good birthday Monday. His team won the 5A BI-District round over Caprock in the Texas high school playoffs, 77-56. Culver led the team in scoring with 42 points in the victory. Culver and Coronado will face Burges in the Area Finals. Culver’s three point shot will be much needed next year with Anthony Livingston and Aaron Ross both departing.
Daniel Mading - Forward, Gainsville , FL
Mading is Coach Beard’s newest verbal commit, which was announced February 14th. Last summer, he decommitted from Arizona State and all indications were that he and the school mutually parted ways.
Before committing to Tech, he received offers from Arizona State, Boise State and James Madison. Listed at 6’9, Mading will bring good size to the forward position. Coming out of high school, Mading still needs to sharpen some of his skills to be ready to compete at the Big 12 level. He could develop into a starter as early as his sophomore year, when Zach Smith graduates.
Hyron Edwards - Guard, Trinity Valley C.C.
Edwards signed with Tech back in November and he should step in and make an immediate impact for the Red Raiders. This season at Trinity Valley C.C., outperformed expectations, averaging 19 points, 3.5 rebounds per game and 4.7 assists per game. He led Trinity Valley to an overall record of 22-5 and they are first in the North Division in the NJCAA Region XIV standings.