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Returning Player Breakdown: Chibuzo Agbo

Agbo’s work ethic and jump shot makes him destined for a huge sophomore jump!

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These are the types of problems coaches would love to have

One word continues to re-appear when describing Chibuzo Agbo: Problem. And for Texas Tech, this is a great “Problem” to have. The former 4-star prospect is 1 of 7 players that brings great size and length to the 2021-2022 roster. He didn’t start a single game last year, but did appear in 22-of-29 games. As a freshman, he averaged just under six and a half minutes per game. In his limited game action, he averaged only 2 points per game. So why is Agbo a “Problem” for this program?

High ceiling from the beginning

Agbo’s 247 report describes him as a “High major starter who could easily find way to NBA if recent trajectory is any indication.” He was apart of a 2020 recruiting class that finished 9th nationally and 1st in the Big 12. When he was in high school, he was playing the SF position, but has transformed into more of hybrid-type player as he is officially listed as a Guard on the Texas Tech roster (even though he still considered more of a wing player). When he first arrived on campus, he was listed at 215 lbs. It wouldn’t be a shock to see him listed anywhere between 15-20 lbs heavier on the roster going into the 2021-’22 season after seeing the work he has been putting in off the court.

So what is it specifically that makes him a “Problem.” One word: versatility. On the defensive side of the ball, utilizing his strength, length, and toughness, he is able to guard the 2-5 positions. Offensively, he has a good catch-and-shoot ability that allows him to shoot over most defenders he would face. He also was able to develop into a legitimate scoring threat behind the 3-point line. During his last five games, his minutes per game pushed up just over 8 minutes per game, including a 10 minute stretch against Arkansas in the NCAA tournament in which he recorded 6 points and 2 rebounds.

Coach Barret Peery is going to have this offense push the tempo, and Agbo’s skills set lends to him thriving by slashing and scoring near the basket. The roster is currently loaded with high-level guard and wing position players, so while the ceiling is sky high for Agbo, he will likely start the season in a 6th-man type role for the 2021-2022 season. But when a player is this type of “Problem”, expect his minutes to increase significantly this upcoming season.

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