Texas Trio To Impact Texas Tech Hoops

Upon returning from the UIL Boys State Basketball Tournament, Tex Preps Basketball contributor Mark McKee and veteran high school basketball coach had this pronouncement: "Man, Texas Tech is going to be one tough team." Huh?

To understand McKee's point, one has to understand that he had the opportunity to see Duncanville senior D'Walyn Roberts, Kingwood senior Mike Singletary and the year before that Plano junior John Roberson. The common denominator for the three talents is that all will be suiting up as freshmen for Bob Knight and Texas Tech for the 2007-08 season.

All three also possess a serious championship pedigree.

Singletary was a sophomore on a Kingwood team that won the Class 5A state championship in 2004-05, while Roberson was the starring point guard for Plano last year when they knocked off Kingwood in an epic final when a Nic Wise three-pointer practically buried itself at the bottom of the net before somehow popping back out at the buzzer. Roberts was the veteran glue on a Duncanville team this year that finished 39-0 and rolled past Kingwood for the championship.

"All three of these guys will have an impact at Texas Tech," said McKee, who said that Roberts outshone the field during Duncanville's tournament run. "This is a strong recruiting class they have put together with some quality Texas high school players."

With all the buzz on Texas A&M signing DeAndre Brown and Texas locking up Tex Preps Basketball cover player Gary Johnson from Aldine, it just might be possible in the early going next year that the Red Raiders and their flock of talented frosh fly ever so briefly under the radar.

Despite losing senior leader Jarrious Jackson, Tech returns enough upperclassmen so that the young players can not only learn from the veterans but not be thrown into a situation like Texas where the team is dependent on starting a wealth of freshmen.

"I think these guys will also be helped by the fact they all played for high school coaches who are strong on the fundamentals," added McKee, speaking of coaches Phil McNeely (Duncanville), Royse Huseman (Kingwood) and Tom Inman (Plano).

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