Texas Tech basketball program reportedly in the mix for impact forward from ACC

Texas Tech basketball is in pursuit of Wake Forest power forward Andrew Carr who would be an instant difference-maker for the program.
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As the Texas Tech basketball program continues to look for help via the transfer portal, the rumors about potential targets are starting to pick up. One player who reportedly has an interest in the Red Raiders is Wake Forest forward Andrew Carr.

According to Leader Johnson of 247Sports, who reports on social media, Carr is down to Texas Tech, Villanova, and Kentucky. It is also being rumored on social media that Carr is going to visit Lubbock soon.

This would be a great pickup for the Red Raiders. Carr averaged 13.8 points 6.8 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game in 2023-24. For his career, he's had three seasons averaging over 10 points per game.

Carr began his career at Delaware after being an unranked recruit coming out of high school. He spent two years there before transferring to Wake Forest where he also played two seasons. Now, he's exploring the options for his final year of college basketball.

At 6-foot-9, Carr is considered a small forward primarily because he plays a perimeter game. A 49.9% shooter overall this past season, he connected on 37.1% of his 3-point attempts (he averaged 2.8 attempts per game from long distance).

Keep in mind that Carr is a native of Pennsylvania so many believe that he could be considered a lean toward Villanova. However, if he is indeed taking a visit to Lubbock, he could find that what Grant McCasland and Co. have to offer is too much to pass up. After all, McCasland has a fantastic track record of being able to land players he has convinced to visit the South Plains.

Tech could use some scoring at the small forward position but adding that isn't as critical as adding a point guard or more size in the paint. That's because the 2024-25 team will have Darrion Williams and Devan Cambridge also playing small forward minutes.

Williams was terrific as a sophomore in his first year as a Red Raider. He averaged 11.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game and over the course of the year, he developed into the program's best all-around player.

Cambridge is more of a gamble, though. He played in only eight games before a knee injury caused him to miss the remainder of the season. Prior to his injury, the Arizona State transfer averaged 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

Though we don't know the complete severity of Cambridge's injury, it is not a stretch to believe that he could need time to ramp back up to full capacity. Given that his injury happened in early December of 2023, it might mean that he won't be back to playing at a high level until the middle of next season after he's had time to fully rehabilitate his knee and learn to trust it again in game action.

Therefore, it might be a nice idea for McCasland to add another proven commodity at the small forward position. Carr would be an excellent solution. Now, we will see if Tech can beat out two high-profile programs in this intriguing recruiting battle.