The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2018.04.19

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The men’s tennis team will take on No. 15 Texas and No. 6 TCU this weekend, first match against Texas is Thursday at 3:30 and then TCU is set for Sunday (via official site).

Lady Raider Basketball

Marlene Stollings made another hire to her staff, Nikita Lowry Dawkins, as associate head coach (via official site):

“I am thrilled to announce that Coach Nikita Lowry Dawkins will be joining the Lady Raiders as our Associate Head Coach. Coach Nik is one of the most elite assistants and recruiters in the country,” Stollings said. “She is extremely experienced, has a wonderful basketball mind and an innovative mentality. Coach Nik is a relentless recruiter and will impact our ability to attract top talent. The way she interacts and connects with student-athletes is a priceless asset to have on staff.”

A 26-year coaching veteran and four-time gold medalist with USA Basketball, Dawkins joins the Lady Raider staff after four years at Minnesota under Stollings.

“I am extremely excited to be a Texas Tech Lady Raider!” Dawkins said. “I am honored to continue working with one of the best young minds in the business. Coach Marlene’s knowledge and drive will attract Fearless Champions. The Lady Raider program is in good hands!”

Dawkins coached at Texas Tech with Marsha Sharp in 2005-06.

Texas Tech Basketball

Now that Zhaire Smith has made if official and declared for the 2018 NBA Draft, Chris Beard & Co. are back at recruiting as PG Isaac Likekele will visit Texas Tech for the weekend of April 27th ( via TexasTechHoopsFans on Twitter). Likekele was previously committed to Fresno State, but their head coach, Rodney Terry, is not at UTEP. I’d expect this to come down to the Miners and the Red Raiders. Likekele was injured his senior year for Mansfield Timberview (via Star-Telegram), but ended up being one of the top players in the area (via DallasNews):

Likekele did it all for Timberview, averaging 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists per game. The MVP in District 10-5A and a TABC 5A all-state selection, Likekele helped Timberview to advance to the regional quarterfinals this year after helping the team win the state championship last season. Likekele was signed to Fresno State, but has requested his released from the university and is currently looking at his options.

Khavon Moore, the top 150 player for Texas Tech, officially signed with the Red Raiders today (via Fox24/16WGXA).

The ArgusLeader’s Mick Garry writes about South Dakota guard Matt Mooney and his upcoming decision as to where he’ll attend graduate school. Mooney is down to Texas Tech, Crighton, Arizona State adn Northwestern. Here’s the bit about Texas Tech:

TEXAS TECH: Coach Chris Beard struck a note with Mooney based on what the two-time first-team all-Summit League guard said early in the search. The Red Raiders, who made it to the Elite Eight this past season, are graduating three guards, all of whom played a lot last year, including leading scorer Keenan Evans.

Texas Tech Football

Inside The Pylon’s Mark Schofield ranks the NFL Draft quarterbacks and has Nic Shimonek at #14. There’s a lot more there, but here’s a bit:

Weaknesses: Shimonek stares down a lot of route concepts, and his processing speed is a concern. He can make quick decisions on RPO structures or on simple passing concepts, but anything that puts more on his plate slows down his thought process. While a downfield-based passing attack is probably his best schematic fit, he did underthrow some vertical routes that causes some concern and hesitation with that projection. As outlined, his footwork does need to be worked on, as his drops can be shoddy at times and even threw off timing and structure of some plays.


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