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This weekend was huge for both Texas Tech basketball programs

Granted waivers may prove to be game changers for the men’s and women’s team this season

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While in the midst of the Red Raider football season, some exciting news was able to reach the men’s and women’s basketball teams this past weekend. Both Mac McClung (Georgetown) and Vivian Gray (Oklahoma State) were granted waivers on Friday that will deem them eligible to play this upcoming season. With only a few weeks remaining until games start, a lot of us were beginning to wonder when the waivers were going to be cleared. Not only is this good news for both individuals, but also both of the teams they are representing.

With high expectations already heading into the season for the men’s team, the addition of McClung will do nothing but add to that. He will bring great athleticism and a crazy fast motor that should fit in perfectly with Chris Beard’s scheme. The Georgetown product flashed in only two seasons as a Hoya, making big shots and throwing down monster jams. Here are some highlights from his 33pt outing against Oklahoma State last season.

With McClung thrown in the mix, Beard will have a lot of options to play for his starting lineup. My prediction for the day one roster includes: Santos-Silva, Edwards, McCullar, Shannon and McClung, leaving us plenty of talent to come off of our bench.

Now shifting over to Vivian Gray, a 2-time All American and 2-time all Big 12 selection, who Krista Gerlich has to be giddy about. With a lot of negativity in the last few months surrounding this program, Gray should be a huge bright spot and a way this team can get back on track. With some talent returning around her including Chrislyn Carr and Lexi Gordon, there will definitely be some excitement revolving the upcoming season. Gray is easily one of the best players in the country and has proven that with her play. The Cowgirl product from Argyle, Texas produced great numbers at Oklahoma State, averaging 19.3/4.9/3.7 for her career thus far. With a little bit more talent on this Lady Raider team than she had in Stillwater, I believe she will be able to shine even more with some help around her. Here are some highlights from last season’s Oklahoma game to get you more familiarized with Gray’s playing style.

With both of these exciting new additions, it leaves all of us even more ready to watch Red Raider basketball this season, one with high expectations across the board. Check back here soon with Viva The Matadors to stay in the loop with Texas Tech basketball and everything else Texas Tech sports!