Texas Tech Basketball Notebook: Shannon to Return to Texas Tech; Big 12 and Roster Thoughts

There’s a lot of talent.

Yesterday, Terrence Shannon, Jr. announced that he would be returning to Texas Tech and forgoing the NBA for this draft with the hopes of improving his draft status for next year. Shannon also did it with the best possible tweet and video.

I think Shannon was probably in the 50 to 60 range of most draft boards, so there was a decent chance that he’d get drafted and there was a decent chance that teams might look elsewhere and Shannon might not get drafted at all. Moving up 10 or 20 spots (or more if possible) would be beneficial for sure.

I’d also add that based on the offense that I think head coach Mark Adams will run, more of a pro-style type of offense, that Shannon will be better suited, or at the very least, his offensive game can develop for a year under Adams, that he should be more attractive. From a evaluation standpoint, all of the other traits were there for Shannon, the defense and the off-ball stuff, but the offensive game, particularly working on shot consistency and probably ball-handling as well (not from a turnover standpoint, but creating his own shot standpoint).

I’d say that Kansas is still the best team in the Big 12 with Texas and Baylor a notch below, and then Texas Tech. That’s just half-heartedly knowing the rosters and players announcing their return, but this is probably a decent guess right now. Oklahoma is probably behind Texas Tech with West Virginia right there too.

Starting lineup? That’s incredibly tough. I think this team needs a point guard or it has to start Arms or Warren because they can pass the ball as well. Then probably Calhoun, Shannon, McCullar, and then Bryson Williams. You could probably go a handful of directions and there won’t be a wrong answer. My guess is that you’re going to have a lot of players play 20 minutes and this is going to be a deep roster.

That puts the roster at 12 with the possibility of adding another player. Honestly, this roster seems pretty well set, Texas Tech is thought to perhaps add another big man, Oral Roberts’ Kevin Obanor, but I actually feel pretty good about the big situation with Bryson Williams returning.

Eligibility Chart

Position Player 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026
Guards Clarence Nadolny | (6-3/195) | JR
Mylik Wilson | (6-3/175) | SO
Ethan Duncan | (5-11/160) | FR WO WO WO WO
Versatile Wings Adonis Arms | (6-6/205) | SR
Davion Warren | (6-6/210) | SR
Scoring Wings Terrence Shannon, Jr. | (6-6/210) | JR
Chibuzo Agbo, Jr. | (6-7/215) | SO
Sardaar Calhoun | (6-6/220) | JR
Inside Wings Kevin McCullar | (6-6/195) | JR
KJ Allen | (6-6/215) | SO
Bigs Marcus Santos-Silva | (6-7/250) | SR
Bryson Williams | (6-8/230) | SR
Daniel Batcho | (6-11/245) | SO
TOTALS 12 8 4 1 0
Kyler Edwards | (6-4/200) | SR TR
Mac McClung | (6-2/186) | SR *NBA
Micah Peavy | (6-7/172) | SO TR
Jamarius Burton | (6-4/210) | JR TR
Tyreek Smith | (6-7/215) | SO TR
Vladislav Goldin | (7-1/220) | FR TR

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