General's Militia Reaches Three

Bolstered by three commitments, Texas Tech coach Bobby Knight's 2002 men's basketball recruiting class is shaping up to be a bumper class for the Red Raiders.

Tech Has Three Commitments

On Wednesday, San Antonio (Texas) Taft forward John Ofoegbu committed to Texas Tech. The 6-foot-8, 215-pounder selected Texas Tech over Tulsa, Southern Methodist and Houston.

Ofoegbu joins Lubbock (Texas) Monterey prep standout Josh Washington, whose father, Joe, also played hoops at Texas Tech, and Robert Tomaszek, a 6-8, 230-pound junior college transfer from Eastern Wyoming College, who committed to the Red Raiders following an official on-campus visit nearly two weeks ago.

All three are expected to ink letters-of-intent with Texas Tech during November's early signing period.

Ofoegbu, pronounced "O-fay-boo," only played in nine games last season after transferring from Sunnybrook Christian Academy in San Antonio. He averaged 12.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and shot 64 percent from the field.

Tomaszek, who attended high school as a foreign exchange student at Aspen (Colo.) High before enrolling at Eastern Wyoming, averaged 14 points and seven rebounds a game as a freshman last season. He selected Texas Tech over Boise State and Colorado State.

Ofoegbu and Tomaszek are generally regarded as "sleepers," but both players have tremendous raw physical tools and strong work ethics. Washington, who averaged 21 points and nine rebounds per game last season, was the first 2002-2003 recruit to pledge Texas Tech. He gave the Red Raiders the nod after receiving interest from Ohio State, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tulsa and Boston College.

Under the NCAA's 5-8 rule, which currently prohibits teams from signing more than five newcomers in one year and eight over a two-year period, Texas Tech is finished recruiting for 2002-2003, because the Red Raiders signed five newcomers last spring.

Texas Tech's season-opener is Nov. 16 at home against William & Mary. The Red Raiders open official practices at 12 a.m. Oct. 13.

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