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Hey Red Raider fans, my name is Andy Ellis. I have been given the opportunity to share my opinions and projections for the season with the Raider Power community. For those of you not familiar with my background, my love of the game started in my home town of Lamesa, TX. After high school I joined the Red Raiders as a 4 year starter; 3 years under Coach James Dickey and then I played for Coach Bob Knight during my senior year.

The years I spent under those two respectable coaches prepared me to play in the NBA summer league for the Dallas Mavericks. In August of 2002, I was joined the professional league in Europe. My career took me to teams in Turkey, Italy and Japan. I enjoyed playing overseas and getting to learn about the game from different countries.

Six seasons overseas and five knee surgeries later, it feels great to be back in west Texas. Since coming back to Lubbock, I have started selling real estate for Coldwell Banker. This is a new feeling, working off the court, but I am excited for the challenge. This year I am also doing the radio color commentary for the Red Raider men's team. I look forward to making the games fun for all who tune in.

Enough about me, now for the real news. 2010-2011 is looking like THE season for the Texas Tech Red Raider Men's Basketball team. As I am sure many of you have heard, Coach Knight fully expects to take his senior-laden team to the NCAA tournament at the end of the season. The type of athletes on this year's team will give Coach Knight options off the bench. This season's defense has great potential due to the length and athleticism of guys like D'walyn Roberts, Jaye Crockett, Mike Singletary, Brad Reese, Robert Lewandowski, and new big man Paul Cooper.

Fans are expecting great things from our returning guards like John Roberson and David Tairu. I also think we should watch out for the young players on the team. Freshman Javarez Willis, aka Bean, really plays the true point guard. Not only does he consistently make open shots, but also he has a great way of getting everyone involved in the offense. ‘Bean' brings a welcomed break for Roberson to get off the ball and rest.

Overall, I predict Coach Knight's confidence is well placed. I fully expect our team to come together and play well. I am excited for the season to begin with Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks coming to town; it is time to see how the Red Raiders will perform when the bright lights of the United Spirit Arena hit the court.

If you can't make it to the arena, tune into Double T 104.3. Check back often on for more of my season coverage.

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