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Red Raiders sign Calhoun and Batcho but lose Avery Benson to the transfer portal

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Adams adds two key players, but loses a solid veteran to the portal

NCAA Basketball: Texas Tech at Texas Christian Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve been asking for some size to be added to the roster, and Mark Adams did just that.

Thursday evening the Red Raiders picked up a commitment from a former top-120 player from the class of 2020 in Arizona transfer Daniel Batcho. He brings much needed help in the size department coming in at 6’11 from France. Batcho is an excellent rebounder and is very athletic for his size. He was also named the MVP of the Euroleague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Tournament.

Another key signing for the Red Raiders was former Florida State guard Sardaar Calhoun. He is a sharpshooter who is also a former JUCO All-American. Calhoun shot 40% from 3-pt range and 86% from the free throw line last year for the Seminoles. From what I’ve seen this guy is someone that you would want to have the ball in their hands when the team needs a key basket as this man fears nothing when it comes to shooting the ball.

With the loss of Mac McClung a guy like Calhoun can really help this team improve their shooting. He’s not afraid to pull up from anywhere and has the ability to guard multiple positions on the defensive end. With the already added pieces this offseason, the size at the guard position is going to be key for Texas Tech.

One of the better guys this team has seen come through this program in Avery Benson has decided to enter the transfer portal. He was always one of the hardest working players on the team and the team will miss his intensity on and off the court. Whenever Benson made a play for this team you couldn’t help but cheer for the guy, and that won’t change no matter who he’s playing for.

With Benson leaving that means that there is another roster spot for Tech to go out and attack the transfer portal as they have been aggressively this offseason. Look for them to try and add another big man or two to solidify that position.