The Texas Tech athletics department announced earlier this evening that Junior forward Deshawn Corprew had been suspended from the basketball team pending the investigation of assault allegations.
The statement indicated that Coach Beard had taken immediate steps to suspend Corprew from all activities after receiving notice of the Title IX allegations, suspending the redshirt sophomore at least until the results of the investigation. Corprew will likely not be present for any team related activities this summer, and given the thorough nature of Title IX investigations, there is a probability that Deshawn’s future will not be decided until at least the Fall.
Corprew is expected to have a significant role on the 2019-2020 team. The junior forward from Norfolk was an analytical darling last season, posting the third highest offensive rating on the team, and being a net positive on both ends of the court. He averaged 4.8 points and 2.9 rebounds in 37 appearances, and his block and steal percentage were both over 1.5 percent, indicating strong defensive versatility.
Corprew came to Texas Tech from South Plains Junior College. He was a top-10 junior college prospect before coming to Tech, and previously was a four-star prospect that had at one point committed to Texas A&M before the commitment fell through, reportedly because of academic issues.
Regardless of Corprew’s ability to play, the future looks bright with the available talent. Both Kevin McCullar and Terrence Shannon are two-way guards with traits that make them intriguing prospects. While neither offer the experience Corprew does, both had high amounts of success prior to college.
We’ll keep you updated as new information presents itself, otherwise we will respect the serious nature of these allegations and refrain from speculation.