LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard has officially announced the signing of Jamarius Burton who transfers with two years of eligibility remaining after beginning his collegiate career at Wichita State.
A 6-foot-4 guard from Charlotte, North Carolina, Burton is coming off a sophomore season where he averaged 10.3 points per game and led the Shockers with 103 assists (3.4 per). Burton, who has dished out 228 assists through 67 collegiate games, had a career-high 11 assists in a game against Oklahoma State where he also had seven points. He set a new Wichita State freshman record in his first season by finishing his first collegiate season with 126 assists and also scored 6.0 points per game as a freshman. He scored a season-high 18 points against UT Martin by going 4-for-5 on 3-pointers and also added five assists and six rebounds in the game. He completed his sophomore season with a pair of double-digit scoring performances, going for 13 against Memphis and 14 against Tulsa with three 3-pointers in both games.
Burton started 52 games in his WSU career after playing at Independence High School where he led his team to the North Carolina Class 4A State Championship and a 31-1 record as a senior. He earned All-State Second-Team honors after a final year in high school where he scored 16.4 points per game to go along with 4.9 assists, 2.2 steals and 7.5 rebounds per game. His high school career ended with him winning the state title game with 13 points and seven rebounds and being named Most Valuable Player.
Burton joins a Texas Tech program that signed Chibuzo Agbo, Nimari Burnett and Micah Peavy to their national letter of intent for the 2020-21 academic year on November 13. The Red Raiders advanced the 2019 NCAA National Championship Final after reaching the 2018 NCAA Elite Eight. Tech finished tied for third in the Big 12 regular season standings before the season was ended due to the corona virus.