Beard Announces Signing Class
LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech head basketball coach Chris Beard has announced the signings of Chibuzo Agbo, Nimari Burnett and Micah Peavy to their national letter of intent for the 2020-21 academic year. The trio of talented recruits is ranked No. 5 nationally by Rivals.com and join a program that has advanced to the 2018 Elite Eight and to the 2019 NCAA National Championship Final over the past two season. The Red Raiders are currently ranked No. 11 in the nation with a 3-0 start to their season.
Wing | 6-7 | 215 | San Diego, California | Saint Augustine HS
Chibuzo Agbo signs with Texas Tech as a 4-star prospect by Rivals and 247Sports after being named the 2019 Western League Player of the Year playing for Saint Augustine High School. Agbo enters his senior season as the 2019-20 San Diego Preseason Player of the Year after averaging 20 points and 9.0 rebounds per game and shooting 42.0 percent on 3-pointers as a junior. He is currently ranked No.70 by 247Sports and No. 87 nationally by Rivals.
Agbo chose Texas Tech over USC and was also recruited by Arizona, Cal, San Diego State and Marquette.
"Chibuzo Agbo is a versatile small forward who has made consistent strides throughout his high school career. He has good size and length to go with a strong frame with wide shoulders. He consistently plays hard and impacts the game on both sides of the court. Agbo is a much improved shooter and ball handler whose range now stretches to the perimeter. He is a formidable scorer inside due to his strength, athleticism and ability to finish through contract. Agbo is a multi-positional defender who can be used to guard both forward positions at the college level. His trajectory combined with his size, skill and athleticism give a lot of optimism for his future."
Josh Gershon | 247Sports
"Chibuzo is a multi-dimensional forward that can play a variety of roles in the half-court setting. His progressions within the past year have been impressive, as is just how efficient he has become. He is a solid perimeter shot maker but has the toughness to score down low. He is what every successful program wants and needs and is just another major recruiting win for Chris Beard and his staff."
Corey Evans | Rivals.com
Guard| 6-4 | 190 | Chicago, Illinois | Prolific Prep
Burnett is the highest rated recruit to sign in Texas Tech basketball history with a 5-star ranking by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports. A Chicago, Illinois native, Burnett is ranked No. 19 nationally in the 2020 signing class by ESPN, No. 22 by Rivals and No. 28 in the 247Sports rankings. He helped lead the USA to its first gold medal last summer in the 2019 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup in Mongolia and was selected to participate in the USA Basketball Junior National Team Minicamp in Colorado Springs.
Burnett attends Prolific Prep in California which is currently ranked No. 5 in the USA TODAY Preseason Super 25. As a junior, he averaged 23.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. Playing in the Nike EYBL he averaged 20.4 points per game and was also selected to participate in the 2019 Nike Skills Academy. He chose Texas Tech other Michigan, Oregon and Alabama.
"Burnett brings a complete set of scoring skills to the game including a deep 3 point shot with a compact and quick release. He has a knack of going into the paint to post up which adds to his offensive package. As a secondary ball handler he displays confidence, control and vision to set up the offense or set up his teammates. He reminds me of CJ McCollum at the same stage. A scoring guard with a high Basketball IQ. He will be an impact recruit for Chris Beard."
Paul Biancardi | ESPN Basketball National Director of Recruiting
"Nimari Burnett is a terrific recruit for Chris Beard as he attempts to get back to another Final Four. Burnett chose Tech over Oregon, Alabama and Michigan and made his decision after visiting Lubbock in October. He can score at all three levels and relishes defending the opponent's top player, which is ideal for coach Beard's style."
Adam Zagoria | New York Times
Guard | 6-7 | 195 | Cibolo, Texas | Duncanville HS
Micah Peavy helped lead Duncanville High School to a Class 6A State Championship last season as a junior where he averaged 16 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. He signs with Texas Tech as a 4-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports and is the No. 2-ranked prospect in Texas according to Mike Kunstadt's Texas Hoops. Peavy is the No. 32-ranked player in the nation by ESPN and No. 34 by Rivals. In Nike EYBL play, he was eighth in scoring after averaging 23.2 points per game and fourth with 10.1 rebounds per game. He was one of four players to average a double-double on the Nike EYBL circuit last season.
Peavy, who was teammates with current Red Raider Jahmi'us Ramsey, was selected to participate in the prestigious 2019 Nike Skills Academy and for the 2019 NBPA Top 100 Camp. He chose Texas Tech over TCU, Texas and Florida. Entering his senior season playing for his father, David Peavy, Duncanville is ranked No. 22 in the USA TODAY Preseason Super 25.
"Micah Peavy is a tough, hard-nosed athletic wingman. He can hit the perimeter shot or blow by his man and finish strong at the rim. He is fundamentally sound on the defensive end of the court and rebounding is a bonus he brings to his game."
Mike Kunstadt | TexasHoops.com
"Texas Tech has landed one of the nation's best wing prospects in Micah Peavy. His athleticism is off the charts and he has tremendous positional size but it's his emerging leadership and developing skill that stand out. I first saw him as a freshman and he continues to get better each step of the way. He is a tremendous fit for Chris Beard and Texas Tech whose best days are still ahead of him."
Eric Bossi | Rivals.com
Texas Tech will return to action on Thursday, Nov. 21 against Tennessee State at the United Supermarkets Arena. The Red Raiders are currently on a 49-game non-conference home winning streak and are 52-5 under Beard at home.