Counting down the Texas Tech basketball program's five greatest one-year transfers

These former transfers to the Texas Tech basketball program were only on campus for one year but made unforgettable impacts during their time in Lubbock.
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2018-19. . Matt Mooney. Texas Tech. . . 2. Matt Mooney. player. 874

Matt Mooney will fondly be remembered by a generation of Texas Tech fans for being one of the starting guards on the Red Raiders' first Final Four team. What's more, in his one season as a Red Raider, he went from being just a scorer to being a terrific all-around player.

In 2018-19, Mooney made the decision to join Texas Tech after stints at Air Force and South Dakota. Though his scoring dropped from 18.7 p.p.g. the year before he arrived to 11.3 as a Red Raider, there's no question he got better during his lone season in Lubbock.

Arriving with the reputation as a player who put little effort into the defensive end of the floor, he dedicated himself to getting better in that regard, and by the end of the season he was voted to the Big 12's All-Defensive team. That season, he averaged 1.8 steals per game and had a defensive rating of 88.8, by far the best defensive rating of his college career.

Of course, Mooney will always be remembered for the 22 points he scored in the Final Four against Michigan State. That day, he put up over a third of his team's points making him a legend in Red Raider circles.