Former Rider Star Starting for Texas Tech Hoops

LUBBOCK, TX (KAUZ) - Wednesday's National Signing Day was all about star athletes heading from high school to the next level, but not every player who's at the next level had a fancy signing day ceremony. In fact, not everyone was even recruited.

Case in point: one former Texoma basketball standout is making a name for himself at the next level, as a true walk-on.

Former Rider Raider Matt Temple spent his first two years at Texas Tech as just an ordinary student. He was in a frat, and played some pick-up ball. But that was it, until this past May, when he went in to Head Coach Tubby Smith's office. He went through about a week of tryouts, and was asked to join the Red Raiders!

He only expected to be a practice player, maybe get in at the end of some blowouts early in the year, but now, with an injury to one of their starting forwards, Temple is in the starting lineup! He has started four games in Big 12 play, even scoring 11 points against #1 Oklahoma in Norman!

Recently he spoke about how quickly he's gone from "squad-man" to starter. Hear from him by clicking on the video links!

Video courtesy: Texas Tech athletics

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