Texas Tech BB: Nurse Inks NLI

Midland College point guard Ty Nurse signed a national letter of intent of Sunday with Billy Gillispie and Texas Tech, giving Gillispie three new additions in the last four days.

LUBBOCK — It's been a busy month for new Texas Tech head basketball coach Billy Gillispie.

On Sunday, Gillispie signed his third commitment to the 2011 class, giving him a total of eight incoming players for the 2011-12 season.

Midland College point guard Ty Nurse, signed his national letter of intent just three days after Kader Tapsoba and Jaron Nash of Tyler Junior College inked their letter to Tech.

"We are very excited to have Ty as part of out program," Gillispie said in a statement released by Tech athletics. "He is a multidimensional guard that can do a lo of different things. The thing that he has done the best, in one of the toughest junior college conferences in the country, at one of the most prestigious junior college programs — is win. We love recruiting winners and he goes right to the top of that list."

Nurse, Tapsoba and Nash join Kevin Wagner, Toddrick Gotcher, Jordan Tolbert, Terran Petteway and Hershey Robinson as the newest class of Red Raiders.

A 6-foot-1, 180-pound product of Vancouver, B.C., Nurse became one of the elite players this past season for the Chaps. He averaged 9.1 points per game while hitting 82 percent of this free throws and 54 percent of 3-pointers. He helped lead Midland College to a 33-4 record and a Western Junior College Athletic Conference title, as the Chaps marched to the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship game. Midland lost to Southern Idaho, 72-64, in the title game.

"Ty is a really solid point guard," Midland College head coach Ross Hodge said in the release. "He makes good decisions, doesn't turn the ball over and can make open shots. Point guards are a lot like quarterbacks in that they are judged in winning, and no other junior college point guard in the country has won more games than he has over the last two years."

Nurse was named the team's MVP and to the NJCAA All-Tournament Team. He leaves Midland after helping the Chaps compile a 63-7 record while going 25-3 in WJAC play.

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