2022 Record: 16-16 (5-13)
Head Coach: Grant McCasland (Career Record 352-121) (First Season at Texas Tech)
PG: Pop Isaacs (11.5 Pts, 2.0 Reb, 2.7 Ast)
SG: Joe Toussaint (West Virginia 9.4 Pts, 2.8 Reb, 2.6 Ast)
SF: Devan Cambridge (Arizona State 9.8 Pts, 5.4 Reb, 0.8 Ast)
PF: Darrion Williams (Nevada 7.6 Pts, 7.3 Reb, 2.7 Ast)
C: Warren Washington (Arizona State 9.2 Pts, 6.9 Reb, 1.6 Ast)
6: SG Chance McMillan (GCU 10.9 Pts, 3.1 Reb, 2.1 Ast)
7: SF KyeRon Lindsay (Georgia 6.2 Pts, 5.2 Reb, 0.3 Ast)
8: SG Lamar Washington (3.4 Pts, 1.8 Reb, 1.8 Ast)
9: SF Kerwin Walton (3.6 Pts, 0.9 Reb, 0.4 Ast)
10: PF Robert Jennings (2.7 Pts, 1.9 Reb, 0.1 Ast)
11: SG D’Maurian Williams (3.1 Pts, 1.3 Reb, 0.6 Ast)
12: SG Drew Steffe
13: PF Eemeli Yalaho
Texas Tech’s lone returning start this year is PG Pop Isaacs. He had a solid freshman season averaging double figures and averaging nearly 3 assists per game. He shot the ball really well from three at 38% and from the free throw line at 90%. He only shot 35% from two last season which shows that he needs to improve his finishing in addition to shot selection from inside the arc. Additional returners to the Red Raiders next season are SG D’Maurian Williams, SG Lamar Washington, SF Kerwin Walton, and PF Robert Jennings. Washington and Jennings are players that have a chance to breakout this upcoming season. They are both still young players and will have a chance to develop over their careers. Both Walton and Williams bring experience to the team. Walton could provide a spark on the offensive end at times and Williams is elite defensively.
Texas Tech had to take to the transfer portal to fill out the majority of their roster spots with so many players leaving in the offseason. The Red Raiders added players like Chance McMillan from GCU and KyeRon Lindsay from Georgia. McMillan had the best season of his career last year. He played with more confidence and really shot the ball well from beyond the arc. He will be reliant upon as one of the primary three point options on this team. KyeRon Lindsay is a very intriguing player who left Georgia mid season last year. Lindsay is a former top 100 recruit with a ton of potential. He was having a decent freshman season averaging over 6PPG and 5RPG before he opted to take some time off due to personal reasons and ultimately left the team. Lindsay has the size, length, and athleticism to truly be an elite player at this level.
The Red Raiders also added Nevada transfer PF Darrion Williams and West Virginia transfer PG Joe Toussaint. Williams is a player who was very impressive on both sides of the ball at Nevada as a freshman. He showed the ability to score on all three levels. He also proved to be an elite defender and rebounder. He averaged over 7 rebounds per game at 6-6. Williams should come right in and be able to start for the Red Raiders next season. Toussaint is going into his 5th season of CBB after spending 3 seasons at Iowa and this past season at West Virginia. Toussaint left the Mountaineers following the dismissal of Bob Huggins. Toussaint could play more of an off the ball role with Texas Tech this season while Isaacs runs the point. Toussaint is a solid passer and takes care of the ball very well. He is an elite on-ball defender which is where he’ll make the brunt of his impact in his lone season in Lubbock.
Texas Tech also added Arizona State transfer teammates SF Devan Cambridge and C Warren Washington. Cambridge is another player that brings a ton of experience to this Red Raiders team. Cambridge played 3 seasons at Auburn and this past season with Arizona State. He was efficient from the floor this past season shooting over 50% overall. He should slot into the starting SF position with Texas Tech. Cambridge was originally committed to Oregon this offseason before flipping to the Red Raiders. Warren Washington is another player that’s been around to different destinations. Washington previously played for Oregon State and Nevada in addition to Arizona State. The 7-0 big man adds some much needed size to this TTU team this season. He’s very efficient from the inside as he shot 58% in his career from two point range. Texas Tech also brought in 2 freshman in the 2023 class. Drew Steffe from Frisco, TX is ranked as the #158 player in the class. PF Eemeli Yalaho out of Ohio was unranked in the 2023 class.
Texas Tech has a mostly new team this season in addition to a new coach. Grant McCasland was one of my favorite hires of the offseason and he will be very successful as a Red Raider. Texas Tech should return to the tournament this season as well. The portal additions combined with the returning players give Texas Tech a recipe for success this season. They should finish in the 4th-6th range in a deep Big 12 conference securing a tournament spot.