Tech Staff Offers 2015 G

Last week Tennessee Tech attended Tre Hansbrough’s game.  This week TTU Head Coach Steve Payne extended a full scholarship offer.  The Class of 2015 shooting guard now holds five D1 offers.

The Golden Eagles join Kennesaw State, Iona, UNC-Greensboro, and Western Carolina as the schools to offer.  The Georgia-based Hansbrough would like to tack on several more schools.  Georgia State, Georgia Southern, and The Citadel have expressed interest.  His former high school teammate, D’Marcus Simonds (2016) has already verbally committed to Mississippi State.

Buford High School (GA) scorer, Hansbrough dumped in a surreal 48 points near Thanksgiving.  It was a fantastic game that can be credited with kickstarting his Division 1 recruitment in earnest.

Deeper and deeper

Tennessee Tech has so many capable guards in its program that offers like this demand a closer look.  Is Coach Payne trying to bolster his already deep backcourt?  Or is he concerned about defectors?

For goodness sakes the squad currently has five underclassmen shooting guards.  One-third of the team plays off guard and judging purely by remaining eligibility they are all returning in 2015-2016.

How would Hansbrough fit in?

While many coaches profess to operate a deep unit, Coach Payne actually does.  Using 10 minutes per game as the cutoff, TTU utilizes a ten player rotation.  Eight man rotations are more common in college basketball where TV timeouts and play stoppages reign.

Hansbrough represents the fifth high school SG offered from the Class of 2015.  Three of those five are from Georgia.  Tre is absolutely the best shooter of those three and TTU has struggled mightily away from the rim.  Not one guard is shooting over 40% from the field and starting guard Shirmane Thomas is a woeful 30.6% from the field.

While there are plenty of bodies at his position the numbers reflect a dearth of outside shooting competence.

Tennessee Tech is 12-15, 4-9 and hosts Belmont Saturday for Senior Night.


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