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The Morning Stake | 2020.04.17

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Avalanche-Journal’s Alexis Cubit walked with hopeful WNBA draft pick Brittany Brewer about tonight’s WNBA Draft:

When she arrived at Texas Tech, the Abilene Wylie High School graduate didn’t know she would be the one to lay the foundation for Marlene Stollings’ rebuild in her junior and senior seasons.

Now, with her college days behind her, Brewer is looking to continue blazing the trail in the WNBA. Brewer hopes to be the first Lady Raider in 14 years to hear her name called during the WNBA Draft set for 6 p.m. Friday on ESPN.

“That would be such an honor,” Brewer said, “And as a Lady Raider, knowing where this program is going and really, the dreams that I had for it and that I wanted to be a part of laying down the foundation for it, I think it’s really important.”

Texas Tech made it official in the signing of Wichita State graduate transfer guard Jamarius Burton as Chris Beard continues to reshape the roster:

Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard has officially announced the signing of Jamarius Burton who transfers with two years of eligibility remaining after beginning his collegiate career at Wichita State.

A 6-foot-4 guard from Charlotte, North Carolina, Burton is coming off a sophomore season where he averaged 10.3 points per game and led the Shockers with 103 assists (3.4 per). Burton, who has dished out 228 assists through 67 collegiate games, had a career-high 11 assists in a game against Oklahoma State where he also had seven points. He set a new Wichita State freshman record in his first season by finishing his first collegiate season with 126 assists and also scored 6.0 points per game as a freshman. He scored a season-high 18 points against UT Martin by going 4-for-5 on 3-pointers and also added five assists and six rebounds in the game. He completed his sophomore season with a pair of double-digit scoring performances, going for 13 against Memphis and 14 against Tulsa with three 3-pointers in both games.

NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster continues to update his preseason Top 25 and the only thing I’d state is that I’m not sure if it matters if Kyler Edwards or Davide Moretti need to be the lead point guard, I really need them to make shots. The rest will happen on its own:

The Red Raiders should have a roster that is a much better fit for the way that Chris Beard wants to play. Kyler Edwards and Nimari Burnett are both build in the mold of a classic Texas Tech lead guard, while Terrance Shannon will be on quite a few of the breakout sophomore lists you’ll find. The two major questions with this group is whether or not Davide Moretti (or Edwards) can takeover full-time point guard duties, and if Joel Ntambwe can handle the five spot better than T.J. Holyfield did this past season. There are enough talented perimeter weapons for me to buy-in, but without an anchor at the five a la Tariq Owens, their ceiling is somewhat limited.

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