Texas Tech reportedly reaches out to coveted transfer guard Marcus Foster

Texas Tech is reportedly one of a number of schools to have reached out to transfer guard Marcus Foster from Furman.

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Though the Texas Tech basketball team is focused on its upcoming appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the program is already concerned with building next year's roster. That's because the transfer portal for college hoops is open and many highly-coveted players have put their name in.

One player that many teams are interested in is Marcus Foster, a 6-foot-4 guard from Furman. Reportedly, the Red Raiders are one of several teams to have already reached out to Foster according to The Portal Report on X. Some of the other teams to have contacted Foster include Arkansas, Clemson, Indiana, Richmond, Xavier, Georgia, Gonzaga, Loyola Chicago, Ole Miss, Kansas State, Florida State, Virginia Tech, and Auburn.

This season, Foster averaged 17.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. He was a 42.5% overall shooter but shot only 29.7% from 3-point range.

It was quite the step forward for the redshirt senior who had scored only 10.1 points per game in 2022-23. For his career, he's scored in double digits 55 times in 112 games. That includes eleven 20-point and two 30-point games.

Texas Tech will need to add at least one starting guard with super senior Joe Toussaint out of eligibility after this season. Of course, there's no telling what other losses the program could incur via the portal.

It would be great to add a guard of Foster's size to play next to 6-foot-1 Pop Isaacs. This year, Tech has struggled at times against bigger teams such as Houston and Iowa State who have bullied the smaller Red Raider guards with physicality.

Also, the Tech needs bigger and longer guards to play better defense on the perimeter. That's likely to be a priority for Grant McCasland this offseason.

Right now, Tech is set to have three scholarships to fill with Toussaint and big man Warren Washington being out of eligibility after this season and freshman guard Drew Steffe leaving the program mid-season. What's more, forward Kyeron Lindsay has not traveled with the team for the past few road trips leaving many to believe he might enter his own name into the portal.

Of course, the Red Raiders are focused on next week's March Madness run, one which will hopefully extend beyond the first weekend of the tournament. Still, it is also that time of year when monitoring the portal and Texas Tech's activity in it is critical for fans who want to know who the next Red Raiders will be.