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Texas Tech Signee Jaylon Tyson Drops 23 Points in the First Half … With a Mask

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Texas Tech Red Raider signee Jaylon Tyson put on a show Tuesday night while his future team was pulverizing TCU in Big 12 action.

Tyson, the 6-foot-6 small forward from Pope John Paul II High School in Plano, Texas, was playing in a Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools playoff game against Fort Worth (TX) All Saints Episcopal when he lit up for at least 23 points in the first half … all while wearing a mask.


Yep, the Red Raiders are getting another high-scoring threat to put on the floor. Tyson and JP II were fighting for a berth in the regional playoffs later this week.

According to 247Sports.com, Tyson is the No. 35 recruit in the country, the No. 8 small forward in the country and the No. 4 recruit in the state of Texas. He’s considered the third-highest Tech recruit in program history, over the span of 247Sports.com’s rankings.

Plenty of programs were fighting over Tyson before he signed with the Red Raiders on Nov. 11. Among the teams interested in signing Tyson were Creighton, Houston, Oklahoma and Oral Roberts.

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Tyson is the only member of the Red Raiders’ 2021 recruiting class, but he’s joining a team that doesn’t have much space on its roster to start with, assuming everyone comes back for next season. The only senior on the team is forward Marcus Santos-Silva. Some expect sophomore guard/forward Terrence Shannon Jr. to declare early for the NBA Draft.


Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard and his staff pulled Top 20 classes in 2019 and 2020.

The Red Raiders have two more games this week against Iowa State and Baylor before heading to Kansas City for the Big 12 Tournament next week. The Red Raiders are considered a lock to go to the NCAA Tournament, regardless of what they do in the Big 12 Tournament.

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