This is a big deal.
Wichita State sophomore guard Jamarius Burton announced today that he woudl transfer to Texas Tech. Burton will have to sit out a year (maybe and more on that in a bit) and will have two years to play for the Red Raiders.
PLAYER: Jamarius Burton
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From an advanced stats perspective, Burton is actually an elite passer with a high assist rate, surprisingly didn’t shoot well close range two-point buckets, which is his biggest deficiency along with defensive rebounding.
Burton made the media rounds, starting with his interview with Jeff Goodman.
— worldwidejay (@Moneymaker441) April 13, 2020
Breaking: Wichita State transfer Jamarius Burton chooses Texas Tech. He went in-depth on his decision with @Stockrisers. “When I looked at my list, I couldn’t deny the amount of pros that came out of Texas Tech.” | Full Video: https://t.co/RGmy6fKyvt pic.twitter.com/GOfnCFZ3LE
— Jake (@jakeweingarten) April 13, 2020
Avalanche Journal’s Carlos Silva, Jr. talked to Burton about what the coaches see in Burton:
The coaching staff also provided plenty of information about how Burton would be used in the offense. At 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, Burton said he could remind fans of a previous three-point shooter who was also a threat to passing lanes.
“They compared me to Matt Mooney. We’re different players, but we have the height and can make plays and shots,” Burton said. “I feel like there’s more I can add to my game at Texas Tech.
“I spent a lot of time studying tape on all four schools since I wasn’t able to visit, but felt like Texas Tech was the right fit.”
I mentioned at the beginning of this post that Burton would have to sit out a year and well, maybe not. The NCAA is set to vote on legislation that would allow that one-time transfer to be immediately eligible, so long as the player is in good standing academically and all of that other stuff. That means that given the outcome of that vote, Burton could be eligible starting in the 2020-21 season.
You are probably asking about where things stand from a scholarship standpoint. Well . . . you are in luck. And yes, with the commitment of Nyiwe and now Burton, two players will not be back this year and that also includes Avery Benson not being under scholarship.
|Guard||Davide Moretti (6-2/175)|
|Kyler Edwards (6-3/200)|
|Kevin McCullar (6-5/180)|
|Jahmius Ramsey (6-4/190)|
|Clarence Nadolny (6-3/190)|
|Nimari Burnett (6-3/185)||HS|
|Avery Benson (6-4/200)||?||?|
|Jamarius Burton (6-4/210)**||WSU|
|Forward||Andre Savrasov (6-9/215)|
|Terrence Shannon, Jr. (6-7/185)|
|Tyreek Smith (6-8/205)|
|Joel Ntambwe (6-9/210)*|
|Chidbuzo Agbo, Jr. (6-7/215)||HS|
|Micah Peavy (6-7/172)||HS|
|Esahi Nyiwe (6-10/210)||JUCO|
|Center||Russel Tchewa (7-0/255)|
|TJ Holyfield (6-8/230)|
|Chris Clarke (6-6/215)|
13 scholarships each year | Black Box = Scholarship Year | Red Box = Redshirt Year | HS = Playing high school | JC = Playing junior college | TR = Transfer | NBA = Declared for NBA Draft | NA = No Longer Attending | *Transfer from UNLV | **Transfer from Wichita State