Texas Tech basketball reportedly to host impact transfer big man, Great Osobor

It is being reported that Utah State big man Great Osobor intends to visit the Texas Tech basketball program along with three other schools.
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The Texas Tech basketball program needs more size and productivity in the post for the 2024-25 season. That's no secret.

One player that could help solve that problem is Great Osobor from Utah State. It is being reported by Joe Tipton of On3Sports that Osobor is set to take an official visit to Lubbock as he looks for a new home for his final year of college basketball.

The 6-foot-8, 245-pound forward is coming off of a phenomenal season for the Aggies. He posted 17.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 2.8 assits per game in 2023-24 to earn Mountain West Conference Player of the Year honors.

However, there is tough competition for his services. Tipton also reports that Obosor will visit Kentucky, Louisville, and Washington as part of his recruiting process.

247Sports lists Obosor as the No. 5 overall player in the portal at this time. That would make him a tremendous pickup for a Texas Tech program that lost starting center Warren Washington to graduation and his backup, forward Robert Jennings, to the transfer portal.

As a high school recruit, Osobor, a native of England flew well under the radar. In fact, he was not even ranked by 247Sports.

He began his career at Montana State where he played for two seasons. There he averaged 10.1 points and 4.6 rebounds as a junior.

Transferring to Utah State for this past season, he saw his productivity take another step forward. In fact, he had 32 double-digit scoring games out of 35 contests he appeared in. Along the way, he registered 15 double-doubles.

This offseason, Tech has already added some much-needed size in the form of 6-foot-11 Pitt transfer Federiko Federiko, a defensive specialist who can protect the rim and clean the glass. However, he is not much of a scorer meaning that Grant McCasland and Co. still need to find post players who can put the ball in the bucket.

Osobor is a traditional post player in the sense that he likes to battle in the paint. He has only attempted 18 shots from beyond the 3-point arc in his career (making just four) and his career 60.7% shooting clip suggests that he does most of his work close to the rim.

Of course, Osobor would be a great addition to the Red Raider roster for next season given that the program is set to welcome back Darrion Williams, Chance McMillian, and Kerwin Walton, all of whom have excellent outside shooting games but none of whom are built to consistently battle down low. What's more, bringing Osobor into the fold would mean that sophomore Eemeli Yalaho would not have to play such a huge role next season giving the youngster another year to develop his game and his body before being asked to be a key role player on a Big 12 team.

So keep an eye on Osobor's recruitment over the next few days and weeks. This is a high-priority target who will command a pretty penny in N.I.L. compensation but he could be worth the investment given that he would fill a huge hole for the Red Raiders.