While it’s getting better each time stepping on the floor, the Texas Tech men’s basketball team is also improving the overall talent base through recruiting.
The Red Raiders are expected to sign a pair of talented Class of 2018 players — South Plains College’s Deshawn Corprew and Henderson (Nevada) Findlay Prep’s Kyler Edwards — Wednesday on the first day of the early signing period that runs through Nov. 15.
Both players are ranked three-star prospects by 247Sports, while their combined ratings have put Texas Tech 62nd in the country and sixth in the Big 12.
Edwards, who transferred out of Arlington Bowie on Aug. 4, was a speedy and scoring type of player. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard averaged 22.4 points, six rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest en route to District 4-6A offensive player of the year accolades.
“I’m grateful for all programs that have used the resources they felt needed in this recruiting process,” he wrote in a note posted to Twitter on Sept. 17. “On my visit at Texas Tech a vision was shared. A vision I believe I’m excited to be a big part of. Coach Beard and the staff work well together to push their guys (past) their comfort zone and into greatness. … I’m blessed to say I’m a Texas Tech Red Raider.”
Corprew is a 6-5, 215-pound guard/wing prospect, who redshirted his freshman season with South Plains College in Levelland. He’s a former top 100 basketball prospect, but didn’t meet NCAA eligibility requirements after he originally signed with Texas A&M.
But he resurfaced at South Plains College and has kept tabs with Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard, who built a relationship during his tenure with Arkansas-Little Rock. Corprew, who has known Beard since his junior year of high school, admitted that bond has been a huge reason he’s been true to his oral commitment to the Red Raiders.
“I absolutely love coach (Chris) Beard,” Corprew said in a previous A-J story on Sept. 27. “He’s been with me through my whole recruiting process and stayed true to me. Texas Tech, I just can’t wait to get there to start my journey. I’m going to sign with them as soon as possible.”
Corprew scored 17 points as the No. 3 Texans dropped an 82-69 decision to Angelina College on Sunday. The athletic backcourt player, who is expected to have three years of eligibility and touts an athletic frame made for the Big 12, is held in high regard for longtime South Plains College head coach Steve Green.
“I’d like to call him a no-position player because he can play all five positions,” Green said of Corprew’s talents. “He can also advance the ball, drive it and finish strong. On top of that, he’s a good shooter. He’s only going to get better and better as he plays more. He’s blessed with athleticism.”
Corprew is hoping to see another name added to the list: Keyontae “Red” Johnson from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia.
The duo took an official visit to Texas Tech back in September and Corprew mentioned he would be ecstatic to share the court with Johnson, a 6-5, 220-pound guard from Norfolk, Va.
Johnson listed a final four of Florida, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Texas Tech — with the Gators being the likely favorite. But Texas Tech is expected to be in the final mix, as well.
“I’ve known about Keyontae Johnson for awhile,” Corprew said on Sept. 27. “He’s a really good player. … I’ve spoken to him from time to time.
“Hopefully we can get him on the roster. I know how good of a player he is. And it would be great to play with him.”
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