Texas Tech basketball makes top six for high-scoring transfer guard

UT Martin guard Jordan Sears has released his top six transfer options and Texas Tech has made the cut.
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One of the highest-scoring player in the transfer portal, Jordan Sears of UT Martin, has trimmed his list of suitors to six. Texas Tech is among the group that remains in the running for his services.

According to a post on Instagram, Sears is still considering Tech, LSU, South Carolina, Alabama, West Virginia, and Arizona State. As of now, he has not set a timetable for his decision.

This season, the junior from Florida averaged an impressive 21.6 points per game. That was an increase of over six points per game from last season.

He was also a 43.2% 3-point shooter this season. In addition, he shot 83.9% at the free-throw line.

He posted six games of at least 30 points in 2023-24. That included a season-high of 37 against the Lindenwood Lions.

Of course, playing at UT Martin is not the same as playing in a major conference such as the Big 12. However, Sears did have a big game against Mississippi State, an NCAA Tournament team from the SEC. In his team's second game of the year, he posted 21 points on 7-19 shooting and grabbed three rebounds while handing out two assists against the Bulldogs.

There is one drawback to Sears, though. He's only 5-foot-11. That's not ideal for a Texas Tech team that needs to get bigger at the guard spot being that Pop Isaacs is a bit undersized at around 6-foot-1.

Also, Sears appears to be a shoot-first guard. So is Isaacs meaning it might be hard to envision both meshing well on the court.

This season, Sears averaged 16.4 shots per game while Isaacs averaged 14.1. If the two played together, would there be any shots for anyone else to take?

Ultimately, this is a player that Texas Tech should pass on. Sure, Sears can fill it up but he doesn't seem to fit the mold of what this program really needs in a point guard.

Tech needs a floor general and a facilitator, not a shoot-first guard. Also, in the Big 12, Tech might get bullied into submission with such a small guard on the floor next to Isaacs.

Still, this is a name to watch because he apparently has interest in the Red Raiders. So keep an eye on Sears and his recruitment, especially if he winds up taking an official visit to Lubbock in the upcoming days or weeks.