Five Texas Tech basketball transfers that it hurt the most to lose

No program is immune from the transfer portal but when these players left Texas Tech, it hurt more than most.
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It has been an active offseason for the Texas Tech basketball program with six open scholarships to fill as a result of the transfer portal. Of course, no program in America is immune from losing players to the college version of free agency anymore.

In the past three seasons alone, Tech has lost 17 players to the portal. While that seems like a high number, the reality is that's just business in the modern era of college athletics.

What's more, many of those departures were hardly felt because they were players who did not make a difference for the Red Raiders. However, some transfer losses have been tougher to swallow. Let's look at the five toughest transfers Texas Tech basketball fans have had to endure.

5. 466. . . player. . Micah Peavy. Tech. . Micah Peavy

Texas Tech hardly got to know Micah Peavy as he was only a Red Raider for one year. Still, it was less than ideal when he left.

In the class of 2020, he was a 4-star prospect who was the second-highest recruit in what was supposed to be a dynamic haul for the Red Raiders. He was also a Texas native which made people in Raiderland excited.

That year, he played in 29 games starting 25 of them. Averaging 20.3 minutes per contest, he put up modest numbers of 5.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. However, it was easy to see even then that he had the athleticism to be a solid component of a winning program.

That offseason he transferred closer to home to play at TCU. Since then, he has become a lock-down defender who can guard multiple positions on the court with ease. That's the type of player that Texas Tech has tried to build its program around and Peavy would have been a great fit in that regard had he stayed in Lubbock.

In 2023-24, Peavy had his best season yet with 10.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, both career-highs. Fortunately for Tech fans, he has left Fort Worth and is now going to finish his career at Georgetown so he won't be competing against the Red Raiders anymore. Still, it would have been great to see him come into his own as a Red Raider instead of seeing that happen for a conference rival.