Terrence Shannon Jr of Texas Tech will be entering the transfer portal, per Jon Rothstein.
According to his former AAU team, Mac Irvin Fire, Kentucky has been among the first teams to reach out to him, along with Illinois, UConn, and Michigan, with more teams sure to follow. Returning to Texas Tech is also still an option.
The junior guard started in 20 of the 26 games he played in for the Red Raiders this season, a team that made it to the Sweet 16 before narrowly being defeated by Duke last night. On the season, he averaged 10.4 points and 1.3 three pointers per game on 45.5% shooting from the field and 38.4% from behind the arc.
Standing at 6'7", Shannon is an elite defender capable of guarding multiple positions. A senior with tournament experience who can play multiple positions, space the court by consistently knocking down threes, and defend at a high level would be an amazing add for whoever winds up getting him. If he chooses Kentucky, a hypothetical backcourt of Shannon, along with incoming freshman Cason Wallace, would make for one of the best perimeter defenses in the country.
Fortunately, Kentucky already has really good ties with the transfer. Shannon, a Chicago native, had built a really good relationship with assistant Chin Coleman from his time at Illinois. Illinois was considered to be a serious contender during Shannon's initial recruitment, before he ultimately chose Texas Tech. If Chin is able to redeem himself and find a way to get Shannon to Lexington, Kentucky would be off to a phenomenal start this off-season, following a disappointing ending in March.
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