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Texas Tech and coach Chris Beard land coveted graduate transfer

Texas Tech men’s basketball coach Chris Beard plans to lean heavily on three graduate transfers in his first season as coach of the Red Raiders.
Texas Tech men’s basketball coach Chris Beard plans to lean heavily on three graduate transfers in his first season as coach of the Red Raiders. AP

Texas Tech's basketball team is getting some help at just the right time.

In March, coach Chris Beard led the program to its first ever Elite Eight, where they lost to the eventual national champion Villanova Wildcats, 71-59.

After the season, leading scorer Keenan Evans graduated and star freshman Zhaire Smith declared for the NBA Draft. Smith is expected to be selected in the first round, while Evans could sneak into the second round.

On Monday, South Dakota's Matt Matt Mooney announced he would be transferring to Texas Tech.

Mooney averaged 18.7 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists per game last season on a 7-loss team South Dakota team that made the CBI tournament. He was also a a first-team all-conference player in the Summit League.

He reportedly chose Texas Tech over Creighton and Northwestern.

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