Even though it was just an exhibition game, sophomore Javarez Willis played as though he was playing in a Big 12 Conference game.
Willis, who played in 27 games last season, averaged just 3.6 points per game and 0.9 rebounds per game as well, but looked like a completely different player on Thursday night at the United Spirit Arena.
Despite Texas Tech trailing at the half 35-31 to Southwestern Oklahoma State, Willis had already scored 11 points going 3-for-4 from three-point land and 4-for-6 from the field, leading all Red Raiders in scoring.
"Yeah he was, his experience shone through, or shined through," Texas Tech head coach Billy Gillispie said. "He made some big baskets, he made some foul shots. He did OK defensively, not like I need him too.
"Good starting point for him, and we'd been sunk without him."
Willis finished the game going 8-for-11 from the field and 4-for-5 from behind the arc and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe giving him a total of 22 points on the night.
Last season Willis was just .300 from three-point land going 15-for-50 on the season, but looks to have worked on that part of his game substantially.
Willis started in Thursday's exhibition game against the Bulldogs, but his spot as a starter is not guaranteed by any means as Gillispie said the starting five will change throughout the season and the best players will get the nod as the starters.
"It'll change after every practice, I would think," he said. "Whoever earns it gets it, and I don't care if it's a walk-on guy, or if it's the highest recruited player in the history of the sport. Whoever earns it gets it, it's all based on how we practice, so it'll be a work in progress all year long, and I'm sure there'll probably be several different starting lineups over the course of the season."