6-foot-9, 260-pound Missouri State-West Plains power forward Justin Jamison committed to Texas Tech on Tuesday night over offers from the likes of Oregon, Pittsburgh, SMU and Wichita State.
Jamison, who averaged 10 points and six rebounds in approximately 20 minutes per game last season, visited Texas Tech last weekend for the 59-53 win over Texas along with fellow commits point guard Keenan Evans (Richardson Berkner) and MSWP teammate guard Devaugntah Williams (who committed Monday) along with forward Zach Smith (Plano East), who signed with Tech in November.
Those four along with signee Berkeley (FL) Prep wing Justin Gray comprise what has become a robust 2014 signing class.
Jamison, 23, was a professional pitcher in the Texas Rangers' minor league system before a torn labrum injury helped push him towards college basketball.
"Justin's biggest advantage is he's 23-years-old and he's already made the mistakes that 18-year-olds make. So he's already learned from the things he needs to learn from," MSWP coach Yancy Walker told Scout.com recently. "And even physically he's a man. He's 260, 265 and just looks like a pro athlete (with) broad shoulders. He's built like a pro."
Developing raw bigs is something Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith has been known for throughout his Hall of Fame career.
"Just now is he what I would call the equivalent of a college freshman. In his high school he didn't play and he didn't play summers because he was a baseball player," Walker said. "Under the right coach and the right tutelage I think he can play professionally, if not in the NBA because he's already been through the wringer as a pro athlete then definitely in Europe."
Jamison Commits to Texas Tech
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