Terrence Shannon Jr. is a part of our Heartland College Sports Big 12 men’s Top 25 returning players countdown as we get closer to the 2021-22 college basketball season opener.
No. 3: Terrence Shannon Jr., G/F, Texas Tech
Where he left off: Shannon earned All-Big 12 Third Team honors and was named one of five finalists for the 2021 Julius Erving Award, giving to the nation’s top small forwards. However, Shannon has the ball-handling skills and outside shot to play as a guard, too. Texas Tech deployed him in both ways last season.
Shannon averaged 12.9 points, 4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game. That included a season-high 23 points at LSU, where he ended up with his first career double-double after also grabbing 10 rebounds. He was one of Tech’s most consistent offensive performers, scoring in double figures in 22 of the Red Raiders’ 28 games. He was a 35.7 percent 3-point shooter and improved his defense from his freshman year to his sophomore year. He finished the season with 32 steals.
Where he’s headed: To the NBA — at some point. Shannon put his name in for the NBA Draft after the season but kept his eligibility. It was clear he wanted the option to come back. The departure of Chris Beard to Texas may have tempted Shannon to stay in the draft. But the elevation of Mark Adams to head coach probably had something to do with Shannon taking his name out of the draft and returning to Tech for a third year. But Shannon got his report card. NBA Scouts really like his game. But, in last year’s draft steeped with college talent, he might have fallen out of the draft. He stands a better shot at being drafted next summer — if he shows improvement as a 3-point shooter, continues to progress on defense and becomes the Red Raiders’ ‘alpha dog’ on offense. He’s capable of doing all three.
Top 25 criteria: ONLY players that played in the Big 12 last season were considered. Rankings are based on where players left off at the end of last season, as we are not able to make assumptions about the improvements players have made this offseason.
Heartland College Sports Big 12 Basketball Preview
Top 25 Returning Players: No. 25 Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua| No. 24 Christian Braun | No. 23 Rondel Walker | No. 22 Umoja Gibson | No. 21 Matthew Alexander-Moncrieffe | No. 20 Nijel Pack | No. 19: Marcus Santos-Silva | No. 18 Mike McGuirl| No. 17 Jalen Bridges | No. 16 Kalib Boone | No. 15 Kevin McCullar | No. 14 Isaac Likekele | No. 13 Adam Flagler | No. 12 Jalen Coleman-Lands | No. 11 Sean McNeil | No. 10 Taz Sherman | No. 9 Matthew Mayer | No. 8 Jalen Wilson | No. 7 Courtney Ramey | No. 6 Mike Miles | No. 5 Avery Anderson III | No. 4 David McCormack
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