Texas Tech guard Terrence Shannon Jr. made John Hollinger’s list of ‘The 14 returning college players I’ll be watching closely for the 2021 NBA Draft,’ released by The Athletic on Thursday.
Hollinger profiled players from around the college game, ones that could have left early for the NBA after last season, but chose to stay at least one more season. Shannon was the only Big 12 player on the list. The list also includes Iowa center Luke Garza.
Shannon scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in just 19 minutes against Northwestern State on Wednesday night. He also had 2 steals.
Last season, as a true freshman, Shannon was an All-Big 12 Freshman team pick who averaged 9.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists. He also shot 82.9 percent shooting at the free-throw line, seventh-best in the Big 12.
Shannon, a 6-foot-6 guard out of Chicago, Illinois, was part of the 2019 recruiting class ranked No. 16 in the nation, as ranked by 247Sports.com, and featured guard Jahmi’us Ramsey, who was drafted last week in the second round by the Los Angeles Lakers. Shannon was a four-star recruit and a Top 100 player nationally coming out of high school.
Under Red Raiders head coach Chris Beard, the program has placed one player in the NBA Draft each of the past three seasons. Before Ramsey, guard Jarrett Culver was selected No. 6 overall by the Phoenix Suns (and later traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves) in the 2019 Draft. In the 2018 Draft, Zhaire Smith was taken No. 16 overall by the Phoenix Suns.
If a Red Raiders player were drafted in 2021, it would equal the program’s high for consecutive years with at least one draft selection. From 1995-98, the Red Raiders sent Mark Davis, Jason Sasser, Tony Battie and Cory Carr to the NBA via the draft.
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