LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech men's basketball head coach Chris Beard has inked Tariq Owens to an Athletic Scholarship Agreement (ASA) announced Wednesday as part of the spring NCAA signing period.
Owens, a 6-11 forward from Odenton, Maryland, will be immediately eligible and join the Red Raiders as a graduate transfer for the 2018-19 season. He played his freshman season at Tennessee when Al Pinkins served as an assistant coach in 2014-15 and spent the last two seasons at St. John's.
Owens posted 8.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game during his junior season with the Red Storm. The 2.8 blocks per game paced the BIG EAST and ranked 11th nationally. He recorded four or more blocks in eight games. Tony Battie and Brodney Kennard are the only Texas Tech players to average over 2.0 blocks per game for a season in program history.
Owens secured seven of his 11 games in double figures versus BIG EAST competition. He poured in career-highs of 19 points and 14 rebounds at No. 23 Seton Hall on Dec. 31. The Maryland native also fired in a pair of 17-point efforts against No. 16 Arizona State on Dec. 9 and versus No. 4 Duke on Feb. 3.
Owens is the eighth overall Top 100 high school player to sign with Texas Tech under third-year head coach Chris Beard and is the fourth Top 100 member to commit to the Red Raiders in the Class of 2018. The list includes Deshawn Corphew, Kyler Edwards and C.J. Roberts.
Texas Tech is coming off the program's first NCAA Elite Eight trip and a program-best second-place Big 12 finish en route to a 27-10 record in 2017-18. The 27 wins were the second-highest total in program history for a season only behind the 30-2 mark put together by the 1995-96 squad under James Dickey. The Red Raiders also set a program single season record with eight victories over Associated Press Top 25 opponents and captured a program-best No. 6 final ranking in the USA Today/Coaches Top 25 poll.
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