Texas A&M Basketball adds starting-caliber transfer from VT

Tyrece Radford, Virginia Tech Basketball (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Tyrece Radford, Virginia Tech Basketball (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /
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Tyrece Radford, Virginia Tech Basketball (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

The Texas A&M Basketball team continues to make noise in the transfer market. After pulling in Duke transfer Henry Coleman earlier this offseason, Buzz Williams continued to put the work in to make his team competitive again.

Coleman himself was one of four transfer additions that Williams had already brought in. This list included each of the following players.

  • Henry Coleman (Duke)
  • Javonte Brown-Ferguson (UConn)
  • Marcus Williams (Wyoming)
  • Ethan Henderson (Arkansas)

On Wednesday, the Aggies tacked another player to that list. That player is Tyrece Radford, a former Virginia Tech basketball player. He announced his intent to transfer via Twitter early on in the morning.

The Texas A&M Basketball team is giving a starting-caliber player a second chance

Radford found himself in a sticky situation with Virginia Tech after being arrested on a DUI and possession of a firearm. He would find his way out of this situation on a short jail sentence and a 12-month probationary period. Among the madness, Radford announced his intent to transfer out.

Buzz Williams swooped in and snagged him.

Even with a questionable past, Williams is a great basketball player. With three years of eligibility remaining, the former VT guard has already gotten off to an electric start, averaging over 10 points per game in each of his two seasons.

Radford doesn’t have an ideal 3-point jump shot but he’s an extremely efficient player all over the court. In his freshman year, he shot 60% from the field and maintained a strong shooting percentage on a high volume of shots in year two. As mentioned, his deep-range shooting is an area that could see improvement. Still, he improved from 8.3% to 29.2% 3-point shooting in two seasons.

Most importantly — he’s learning. The new-face Aggie guard improved nearly every statistic, staying consistent in a larger role his sophomore season.

On the defensive end, he is gradually improving at the college level. At 6-2, he’s limited, but he has still managed to make an impact with his on-ball defense. This has translated to a steal per game in his freshman campaign and 0.6 steals in his sophomore season.

Radford’s 12.2 points per game will go a long way for a Texas A&M Basketball team that struggled to put the ball in the basket last season. With more than a handful of newcomers, it’s impossible to say what his role will be right away. Still, his chances of seeing significant playing time are high on a team with a lot of turnover from a season ago.

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Now it’s time for Williams and his team to get to work.