January 25, 2022

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Four-star freshman Jaylon Tyson transferring to Texas Tech

Former Texas wing Jaylon Tyson, a four-star recruit in the 2021 class, announced via Twitter on Sunday that he will transfer to Texas Tech. Tyson has played in eight games this season for the Longhorns, averaging 1.8 points per game and 1.0 rebounds during his freshman campaign. He formerly committed to and signed with the Red Raiders out of Plano (Texas) John Paul II but ended up at Texas after coach Chris Beard left Texas Tech for the Longhorns.

The 6-foot-6, 185-pound Tyson ranked as the nation’s No. 36 prospect in the 2021 class according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. He also slotted in as the nation’s No. 9 small forward and the No. 4 player in Texas. Brandon Jackson, a 247Sports recruiting analyst, projected Tyson as a future second-round pick in the NBA Draft.

“Tyson is a scoring wing who can make shots from all three ranges,” Jenkins wrote in a scouting report for 247Sports. “What makes him special is his size, strength, and skill. Tyson has a lot in his triple-threat bag as he can put the ball on the floor effectively to create a shot or get to the rim or shoot the ball accurately with range. He is strong with the ball in his hands and is a solid passer who can make the right finds on his attack. A prospect who blew up during the beginning of his junior high school season, Tyson has all the tools to be a productive offensive talent in the Big XII.”

Tyson entered the NCAA transfer portal in late December and found a familiar face in Texas Tech coach Mark Adams, formerly the Red Raiders’ top assistant coach under Beard. Both teams appear headed for nice seeds in the 2022 NCAA Tournament as the Longhorns are currently 12-3 overall and 2-1 in Big 12 play while the Red Raiders are 11-3 and 1-1 after scoring a big home win over Kansas on Saturday. The two teams’ first game against each other is scheduled for Feb. 1 at Texas Tech.

Regardless of whether Tyson enrolls at Texas Tech for the spring semester, he will not be eligible to play for the Red Raiders this season. He will be eligible to start the 2022-23 season and will have four seasons of eligibility remaining.

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Beard has Texas’ 2022 class at No. 13 nationally and No. 2 in the Big 12 according to the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings while Texas Tech sits at No. 27 nationally and No. 4 in the conference. Kansas currently ranks No. 1 in the league for the 2022 class with Baylor at No. 3.

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