Terrence Shannon Jr. announced his return to Texas Tech’s basketball team on Tuesday, just as the Red Raiders prepare to play Incarnate Word this weekend.
The Red Raiders had been without Shannon for the first three games of the season after Texas Tech decided to hold him out of the lineup due to eligibility questions surrounding his time in the NBA Draft process this past summer. Shannon eventually opted to return to the Red Raiders for his junior year.
Shannon announced his return on Twitter, using video of his favorite NFL quarterback, who just made a somewhat buzzy return himself.
Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal provided more context, nothing that all eligibility questions surrounding Shannon were now resolved. Texas Tech confirmed that as well through a released on their web site.
Shannon had been out of the lineup since the season opener against North Florida. The Red Raiders won their first three games of the season without him.
Shannon declared for the NBA Draft after last season but retained his eligibility. He returned after going through the scouting process and was expected to be in the starting lineup for Mark Adams’ first game as head coach. It’s not clear if Shannon will start against UIW.
The loss of Shannon could have been a significant blow to Tech’s early-season fortunes this season. He’s the Red Raiders’ leading returning scorer, after he averaged 12.9 points per game a season ago. He also averaged four rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He earned All-Big 12 Third Team honors and was named one of five finalists for the 2021 Julius Erving Award, given to the nation’s top small forwards.
The Red Raiders had holdovers Kevin McCullar and Marcus Santos-Silva in the projected starting lineup. Along with that, the Red Raiders had eight players who averaged double figures a season ago — Shannon, McCullar, Davion Warren, Kevin Obanor, Bryson Williams, Mylik Wilson, Adonis Arms and KJ Allen. Aside from Shannon and McCullar, the other six were not with Texas Tech last season.
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