Football season is two months away yet basketball is already in the air. Tubby Smith’s Red Raiders will actually precede Kliff Kingsbury’s in 2015 as the hoopsters travel to Quebec City, Canada to take on Universite’ Laval in an exhibition match on Aug. 17.
Laval, coached by Jacques Paiement, Jr., went 9-7 last season, finishing second to McGill in the Quebec League. Presumably, the Red and Gold will be overwhelming favorites to take their league in the upcoming season because all five starters return. They are point guard Karl Demers-Belanger, center Antoine Beaumier, small forward Thibaud Dezutter, shooting guard Charles-Andre Edorh, and power forward Alexandre Leclerc.
Demers-Belanger led the squad in scoring at 14 points per game, and dished out 3.4 assists per contest as well. Edorh and Dezutter paced the Red and Gold in rebounding at 5.4 per outing.
If the Canadians have a major shortfall—so to speak—it is size; no member of Laval’s starting lineup stands taller that 6-foot-6, and average height for the starters is a shade over 6-foot-3.
The Red Raiders, with the exception of point guard Robert Turner, and backups Justin Jamison, Randy Onwuasor and Alex Foster, all of whom transferred out, return intact. Tip-off time for the contest is still up in the air.
Texas Tech’s schedule beyond the exhibition against Laval has yet to be divulged.
Tech to Invade Canada For August Exhibition
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