Chance McMillian to "run it back" for Texas Tech basketball in 2024-25

Texas Tech basketball guard Chance McMillian has announced his intention to return to the Red Raiders for the 2024-25 season.
Mar 20, 2024; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders guard Chance McMillian (0) receives a pass
Mar 20, 2024; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders guard Chance McMillian (0) receives a pass / Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

While many Texas Tech basketball fans would love to see a little more activity from the program in terms of adding new players to the roster via the transfer portal, Monday did bring some good news in the form of a player who is staying put. Chance McMillian has announced via social media that he will "run it back" with the Red Raiders in 2024-25.

That is a nice development for Tech because McMillian had a solid junior season in 2023-24. He posted 10.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 33 games.

Making only one start, the first-year Red Raider who transferred from Grand Canyon became Grant McCasland's top reserve. In fact, in all but two games this past season, he played 21 or more minutes. That included 15 games in which he logged 30 or more minutes.

It was a nice step up for McMillian who went from playing in the Western Athletic Conference to playing in the rugged Big 12. Thus, the fact that he essentially matched his stats from his final season at Grand Canyon despite playing against much tougher competition was a testament to his improvement.

Along the way, McMillian had some great performances for the Red Raiders. His season-high came at No. 11 Oklahoma in late January when he posted 27 points on 10-13 shooting. That day, in an 85-84 Red Raider win, he also had eight rebounds.

At Butler in non-conference play, he drilled eight 3-pointers to finish with 24 points. Unfortunately, though, that came in a losing effort.

With McMillian now confirming his return, Tech has McMillian, Devan Cambridge, and Darrion Williams who have announced they will be back for Grant McCasland's second season in Lubbock. Meanwhile, Kerwin Walton and Eemeli Yalaho are presumed to be returning given that they have yet to enter the transfer portal, which closes on May 1.

Of course, the program has also added Drake transfer Kevin Overton and Pitt big man Federiko Federiko through the portal. That gives the team six open scholarships to fill meaning that the portal will still be an important aspect of Tech's offseason.

Still, bringing back McMillian is a nice step in the process of building the 2024-25 roster. He's a valuable piece to bring off the bench and his ability to score in bunches from time to time is going to be an asset to the Red Raiders moving forward.