Future Tech Athletes Shine On the Hardwood

This time of year there are few pretenders remaining in high school basketball playoffs across the U.S. Several future Red Raiders took center stage Tuesday. All played well, but some saw their prep careers end. One Texas Tech commit was the catalyst in his team's upset of one of the top ranked teams in Texas.

It is playoff time in prep basketball around the country and a handful of future Texas Tech athletes took center stage Tuesday night.

Most states, including Texas, are already several rounds into it, which produced some heavyweight matchups.

Of all the (possible) future Red Raiders, nobody had a bigger night than Texas Tech basketball commit Keenan Evans, who led Richardson Berkner to a 75-73 upset over Plano West in the Class 5A Region II quarterfinals.

According to the Plano Star Courier, Evans, a 6-foot-3 point guard, finished with a game-high 35 points and made 11 free throws in the fourth quarter, including two in the waning seconds to seal the deal.

Berkner will take on Atascocita in the regional semifinals 8 p.m. Friday at Baylor.

Gray's prep career ends
Over in Florida, Texas Tech 2014 signee and Berkley Prep star guard/wing Justin Gray (6-5) scored 16 points in a 80-69 loss to Lake Highland Prep in the Class 4A state semifinals.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Berkley Prep built a first quarter lead only to watch McDonald's All-American and North Carolina commit Joel Berry take over for Lake Highland Prep to the tune of 39 points.

Berkley trailed by as many as 20 before making a late run, but Gray fouled out midway through the fourth and Lake Highland pulled away again.

Mahomes moves on to baseball
Texas Tech quarterback signee Patrick Mahomes may have played his final competitive basketball game.

The three-sport prep star, who is expected to play both football and baseball at Tech, and his Whitehouse teammates fell 84-64 to Lancaster in the Class 4A Region II quarterfinals.

According to the East Texas Sports Network, Mahomes finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds and three assists. This comes just days after his epic 37-point, 17-rebound performance in Whitehouse's win over Lucas Lovejoy on Friday.

Mahomes, considered by some to be one of the top pro baseball prospects in Texas, must now switch gears to the diamond where he batted .380 and drove in 30 runs a season ago.

Batson still in the title hunt
Oklahoma City Millwood star Cameron Batson, a 2014 Tech football signee at receiver, also stars on the hardwood.

Millwood is coming off a 72-35 smackdown of Wellston on Saturday and will next take on Summit Christian 8 p.m. Thursday in the Class 2A regional semifinals.

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