Texas Tech men’s basketball coach Chris Beard points to the presence of three graduate transfers on this year’s roster as a stabilizing factor for the program in his first season as the replacement for departed coach Tubby Smith.
Beard, who coached last season at Arkansas-Little Rock, envisions all three newcomers making immediate and significant contributions. The list includes forward Thomas Brandsma, who played for Beard last season at Little Rock, as well as forward Anthony Livingston (Arkansas State) and guard Giovanni McLean (Quinnipiac).
“All three of those guys, we look to contribute early and be a big part of our team,” Beard said during Tuesday’s Big 12 media day in Kansas City, Mo. “Not only on stats and production on a stat sheet and minutes played, but also in leadership. Here’s three guys that are very experienced. Not necessarily at the Big 12 level, but they’ve all played minutes in the Division I level. So we think they could be very helpful to us early.”
Tech is coming off a 19-13 season that included a loss to Butler in the Red Raiders’ first game in last year’s NCAA Tournament.