Robert Jennings gives Texas Tech fans a glimmer of hope
This team needs another big man to play a role as Warren Washington’s backup. That’s especially true if Cambridge is out for a while given that when Washington has been off the floor, Cambridge has been Tech’s defacto post player.
Wednesday, sophomore Robert Jennings saw more than just a brief run on the floor. In fact, he played eight minutes, the most he has played since playing nine minutes in the season opener.
It has been a struggle for the young player who is still rounding back into form after missing part of the offseason with an injury. In fact, he’s appeared in only five games this year (including Wednesday).
It is clear that Jennings isn’t operating a full capacity. He had only one rebound against Omaha and he missed an easy layup at the basket in the second half.
Still, the fact that he got some meaningful run is enough to give Texas Tech fans hope that he could eventually contribute this year. Again, if Cambridge is out, Jennings may be asked to step up in his absence and that would be a dicey proposition given what we’ve seen from Jennings thus far.
Last year, Jennings averaged 8.7 minutes per game over the course of 30 appearances. He wasn’t a star but he was solid at times and he showed flashes of promise.
This year, that player has yet to resurface. Though he didn’t do anything special on Wednesday night, he did see a small increase in his role and maybe that’s a sign that he’s on the verge of becoming a contributor once again.