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Memphis lands much-needed grad transfer

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KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 11: Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach Tubby Smith watches his team against the Texas Longhorns during the first round of the Big 12 basketball tournament at Sprint Center on March 11, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

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Memphis lost 6-foot-11 center Nick Marshall this offseason, leaving them with a dreadfully thin front line.

Tubby Smith did what he could to address those problems over the weekend, landing a commitment from Chad Rykhoek, a 6-foot-11 graduate transfer from Baylor.

Rykhoek is about as unique of an addition as you’ll find at this level. A former top 150 recruit out of Texas, Rykhoek has never played a single second of college basketball. He redshirted as a freshman at Baylor and then proceeded to undergo four hip surgeries, which eventually led to him leaving the Bears.

But he’s healthy now, which is good news for Smith, who left a family vacation to ensure that he would be able to land Rykhoek’s commitment: