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Texas Tech men's basketball program has signed three players to National Letters of Intent. The list of prospective Raiders are Jamel Outler, Javarez Willis and Paul Cooper. Outler and Willis will enter Texas Tech as freshmen and Cooper will be a junior for the 2010-2011 season.
Outler is a 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard from Bellaire High School in Bellaire, TX. He was Knight’s first commitment in the 2010 recruiting class. As a Cardinal junior, Outler averaged over 14 points per game and was a two-star recruit according to Rivals.com.
"Coach Knight knows what we go through as players and was honest and straightforward with me about playing for him," Outler said.
Willis, originally committed to Texas Tech last spring but did not meet NCAA academic requirements in time to enroll in the 2009 freshman class. He will arrive on the Tech campus as a freshman with four years of eligibility. As a senior at Dallas Pinkston High School, Javarez averaged 14.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
Cooper is a 6-foot-8, 280-pound forward from Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, FL. As a freshman at Gulf Coast, the Auburndale, Florida native averaged 3.8 points and 3.5 rebounds while shooting nearly 58 percent from the field. This season, the Commodores are 4-0 and look to improve on their 24-9 record last season with Paul seeing much more time on the court.
(Texas Tech SID Randy Farley contributed to this report.)