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Texas Tech lands commitment from St. John’s transfer

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LUBBOCK, TX - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Chris Beard of the Texas Tech Red Raiders encourages his players during the game against the Baylor Bears on December 29, 2017 at United Supermarket Arena in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech defeated Baylor 77-53. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)

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Texas Tech added a piece that will help bolster their defense on Monday, as St. John’s grad transer Tariq Owens committed to the program, according to 247 sports.

Owens averaged 8.4 points, 5.9 boards and 2.8 blocks this past season for the Johnnies. He began his career at Tennessee.

The Red Raiders are going to be in the market for some new additions this offseason, as they will be losing quite a bit of talent off of a team that earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament and made a run to the Elite Eight. Tommy Hamilton, Zach Smith, Justin Gray, Niem Stevenson and Keenan Evans all graduate, while there is a real chance that Zhaire Smith could end up keeping his name in the NBA draft.

Owens isn’t the answer to all those problems, but he will provide rim protection, athleticism and front court depth in a role that won’t be all that dissimilar from Zach Smith’s.