How will new Texas mens basketball coach Chris Beard effect the NCAA basketball world?
The college basketball off-season is always a fun thing to keep tabs on. Who’s staying? Who’s going to the NBA? There are plenty of questions fans ask during this time period that keeps people thinking. One of the major bombs that were dropped this off-season was Chris Beard’s move from Lubbock to Austin. Beard created a culture at Texas Tech which led his teams to be towards the top of the college basketball world year in and year out. Now, he is starting to create that same culture at Texas in his first off-season as Head Coach. The Chris Beard effect is in full force in Texas.
Crazy Transfer Portal Leads to Texas Landing Huge Transfers
Once Shaka Smart left Texas, the opening intrigued Chris Beard from the beginning. There seemed to be a lot of speculation that Chris Beard was going to take the job, and he did. Beard wasted no time when he was announced as the new Head Coach in Austin.
Texas only has one commit coming in from the 2021 class, but Beard has revamped this roster through the transfer portal. In total, the former Red Raiders Head Coach has landed five transfers through the portal. The latest being one of the best available players, Tre Mitchell out of the University of Massachusetts. Here is the full list of guys going to Austin for the 2021-22 season.
- Christian Bishop SF (Creighton)- 11 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.2 APG
- Dylan Disu PF (Vanderbilt)- 15.0 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 1.4 APG
- Timmy Allen SF (Utah)- 17.2 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 3.9 APG
- Tre Mitchell C (UMass)- 18.8 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 2.2 APG
These five guys are all forwards, but bring versatility on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Each one of the players that Chris Beard has brought in from the transfer portal has length. Length is a key on one side of the ball that Beard loves to focus on; which is defense. We all know these guys can score offensively, but imagining what this team could be defensively propels them into preseason top-5 range to begin the 2021-22 season.
The Chris Beard Effect Moves to Austin With Him
The culture that Chris Beard created at Texas Tech not only for his basketball team but for the fanbase as well, was one of the best. In the four NCAA Tournament opportunities Texas Tech has had under Chris Beard, the Red Raiders had made three. In 2018, Texas Tech lost to Villanova in the Elite Eight. In 2019, it was a defensive showdown in the NCAA Tournament Championship Game between Virginia and Texas Tech which the Red Raiders ultimately lost. The Chris Beard effect allowed players to come to play at a high level at Texas Tech and develop into the players they wanted to be.
There was a sense of hope with Chris Beard as the Head Coach in Lubbock, Texas. The defense was the one thing that teams feared when playing against Texas Tech in any type of setting. Beard gave his trust to players and that is one of the main reasons why guys always wanted to play for him. The culture that he created at Texas Tech has moved on to the University of Texas, as it shows in the number of transfers committed to play there next season.
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