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Texas Tech basketball acquires commitment from point guard Christian Anderson Jr.

As many expected, the Texas Tech basketball program earned a verbal commitment from high school point guard Christian Anderson on Monday night. This could be an important element for the future of the program.

Listed as a 4-star prospect by most recruiting services, he is the No. 101 overall player and No. 10 point guard in the class of 2024 according to 247Sports.com. Previously committed to Michigan, he chose the Red Raiders over offers from international professional organizations, as well as Florida, Stanford, Tulane and Fresno State.

This is an addition that is likely for both the future of the program and the 2024-25 season. Anderson is a point guard. That’s a position Texas Tech has secured for next season with the addition of Elijah Hawkins, a super-senior transfer from Minnesota who is one of the top assistants in the NCAA.

The plan for Anderson could be to learn how to handle and develop physically next year and then take over the point guard role for the 2025-26 season, when he would be a sophomore. That would potentially secure the future of one of the most important spots on the court for Grant McCasland and his program.

Anderson needs to work on both his body and his game. Listed by 247Sports as just 5-foot-11, other sources list him as tall as 6-foot-11 now. Still, he’ll probably need a year in Texas Tech’s strength and conditioning program to be ready for the rigors of playing 25 minutes or more per game in the Big 12.

It is interesting to see that the Red Raiders are investing in the high school ranks. While most fans have been obsessed with the additions the program has made in the transfer portal, McCasland isn’t ignoring the preparation process.

This is the second high school scholarship player the Red Raiders have added. Earlier this month, Tech added Leon Horner, a 3-star small forward from Dallas, Texas, in a move that went somewhat under the radar.

Neither the 6-foot-6 Horner nor Anderson are expected to make significant contributions next season. However, Anderson is the most likely to have a regular role as a true freshman.

That’s because Tech doesn’t have a backup point guard other than Anderson. The good news is that Hawkins played about 33 minutes per game for Minnesota last season, so he’s used to handling a heavy workload in a major conference. Therefore, Anderson might have to give Tech just a handful of minutes each game behind Hawkins.

On the other hand, Tech is pretty deep at the wing spot, where Horner fits. With Darrion Williams, Devin Cambridge, Kerwin Walton and Chance McMillan set to return, there probably won’t be much need for Horner to be a rotational piece. What’s more, the program will likely add another impact wing through the portal before the season begins.

Therefore, the young pups that Tech has added from the high school level will not be asked to carry the team next season. However, Horner and Anderson now form what could be an interesting pair of developmental prospects who could eventually become major contributors at Tech.