The Big 12 released its preseason awards voted on by the coaches of the league. Three of this year’s Red Raiders were on that ballot, including one freshman, one graduate transfer, and one returning player. Now, let’s get a more in-depth look at each of these players and why they were selected.
Chris Clarke: Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year, Big 12 Preseason Honorable Mention
Clarke has been one of the most talked about acquisitions for the Red Raiders this off-season. A graduate transfer from Virginia Tech University, Clarke sat out last season due to injury and decided that a fresh start would be best. He will start immediately for this Red Raider team and I can definitely see why other Big 12 coaches see him as a player that can come in and make a huge impact for the Red Raiders.
At 6-6, he is listed as a guard but I believe Clarke will play in more of a forward role, guarding the opposing team’s best player in a lot of situations as defense is the name of his game. While at Virginia Tech, he averaged 6.7 rebounds and 1 steal per game. These are very good numbers for someone looking to take the next step in their career. His three point shooting also took a good hike in his last season playing in 2018 as he shot 42% from behind the arc in limited attempts.
Jahmi’us Ramsey: Big 12 Preseason Honorable Mention
Looking for a potential Big 12 Freshman of the Year candidate? Look no further than Jahmius Ramsey. The dude is loaded with talent and has the defense-first mindset that Coach Beard is looking for. We all saw what Ramsey was capable of when the team went overseas to the Bahamas over the summer.
He looks to be a force for these Red Raiders and is one of the most underrated freshman in the country. He could be on the lookout for many postseason awards as his game will only get better as the season progresses.
Davide Moretti: Big 12 Preseason Honorable Mention
This one will be addressed at a later date with a lot more fury. All I can say is this, buckle up Red Raider fans, it’s about to be a great season for Moretti. He leads the returners with 11.5 points last season and will be looking to become the main guy in the offense.
Once again, a Red Raider will have to prove himself wrong when it comes to the press. I think that Moretti will step up to the challenge and prove once again that he is the star on this team.