Okorie Opts For Knight School

Pat Knight and his staff wasted little time in adding a player. Nick Okorie, a promising junior college guard, is headed to Lubbock.

Pat Knight took over for his father three days ago at Texas Tech. While he moves over from the assistant to the head coaching hot seat, it didn't take Knight long to get comfortable on the recruiting trail.

Nick Okorie, a 6-foot-1 shooting guard out of South Plains College, is on board. The Red Raiders became familiar with him as a senior out of Fort Bend Kempner. This year he's putting up 17 points a game.

"We're excited for Nick and think this is a great opportunity for him to continue his education and play in one of the best basketball conferences in the nation," South Plains coach Steve Green said. "He has been a leader for us the past two seasons and I expect him to continue doing great things at Texas Tech."

South Plains is in the chase for the league title. As it had success on the court, programs were noticing Okorie more and more. "Other people came to see him and they were in the preliminary stages and I don't think Texas Tech wanted it to go any further if they could secure a commitment," Green said.

Okorie pinged the Red Raiders radar long before the season began. An allegiance had been constructed between the program and the player two years ago. "I think Nick wanted to go to Texas Tech since the day he arrived here prior to his freshman year. He's having a really good year for us and they've seen him play once or twice. I think Pat went down to Odessa to see him."

Phone calls from every league were made on Okorie. "I know Nick was waiting to hear from Tech and he gave it 2-3 days and said this was what he wanted to do."

The Red Raiders now have a pair of guards expected to play right away. Fayetteville Christian senior Tyree Graham is having a strong season and will play immediately was the Red Raiders plan on using a plethora of backcourt rotations.

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