Texas Tech basketball makes top-10 for 5-star forward Greg Brown

LUBBOCK, TX - JANUARY 15: The Texas Tech University Red Raiders mascot performs during an intermission during a game against and the Texas A
LUBBOCK, TX - JANUARY 15: The Texas Tech University Red Raiders mascot performs during an intermission during a game against and the Texas A /

Tuesday, 5-star forward Greg Brown released his top-10 schools and Texas Tech made the cut.

Prior to the arrival of Chris Beard, the Texas Tech basketball program never got so much as a second glance from blue-chip prospects.  But that is no longer the case as it seems like the Red Raiders are continually in the mix for some of the nation’s top talent.  And on Tuesday, 5-star 2020 forward Greg Brown, one of the top juniors in the nation included Tech in his list of ten schools that he is still considering.

The 6-foot-9 Austin product also listed Auburn, Texas, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Memphis, LSU, North Carolina, Kansas and Baylor in his top-10.  In addition, he holds offers from UCLA, Kentucky, Florida, OU, TCU and USC.

Brown is rated the No. 6 player in the nation and the No. 1 power forward in the class of 2020 by 247Sports.com.  In 35 games this year, he put up 27.4 points, 12.3 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

Despite missing several weeks this year with a dislocated finger, Brown has become one of the top prospects in his class.  He is freakishly athletic and has a game that resembles former LSU standout and current Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons.

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Brown attacks he basket with purpose and finishes as emphatically as 2019 Texas Tech signee Jahmius Ramsey, the highest-rated player to ever sign with the Red Raiders.  He is also an elite defender using his incredible wing-span to become a terrific help-side defender and rim protector. He needs to improve his ball-handling and his jump shot but he did shoot over 36% from 3-point range this year, which is more than acceptable for a player of his size.

It looks like Texas will be the team to beat in this heated recruiting battle.  Brown has family that went to UT and lives just miles from the 40 Acres.

But working against Texas could be the uncertainty surrounding Shaka Smart’s future.  All season, many have wondered if Smart is on the hot seat and he’s done nothing in his 4th season on the job to quell those questions.  Texas is just 14-11 this year and 6-6 in Big 12 play.  Overall, Smart is a mere 61-59 in Austin and he has just a 26-35 record in conference games.

The Horns are set to open a new $338 million arena in 2021 and they will not be content to be simply mediocre when they christen their new home.  That means Smart likely has to finally turn his program into a legitimate contender next year to keep the wolves at bay.

Fortunately, Tech is in a much more envious position.  Chris Beard is one step below a deity in Lubbock and the construction of a new state-of-the-art practice facility is proof that Texas Tech is fully invested in Beard and the basketball program.

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And as a result, Beard is beginning to attract some of the best talent in the nation to the South Plains.  Now he is looking to take that a step further and bring in the program’s first ever 5-star prospect in Greg Brown.