Erin Grant is an old-school, ball-dominant, pass-first point guard. She broke the Texas Tech assists mark in three years and is on pace to break the Big 12 mark this season. And Grant's among the top players in the country.
So as Grant goes, so go the Lady Raiders -- and this season that shouldn't be anywhere but up. With good depth, terrific senior leadership and some of the best point guard play in the country, Texas Tech will be one of the top teams in the Big 12, as well as the country.
Beside Grant in the backcourt, shooting guard Chesley Dabbs is a solid a mid-range jump shooter and the team's best defender.
The frontcourt is equally talented. At forward are the team's top returning scorers, Alesha Robertson and LaToya Davis. Robertson is the team's top 3-point shooting threat. Last season, Davis was the steady low-post complement to Cisti Greenwalt, who was the Lady Raiders' leading scorer and rebounder but has since graduated. Davis now must try and assume some of the void.
Erin Myrick will start at center. Darrice Griffin will back up Myrick, but she currently is being hindered by a knee injury.
The team has very good depth with a nice mix of veterans and newcomers. One of the top freshmen is LaVonda "Tiny" Henderson, who will be the eventual successor to Grant at the point guard spot. Darrice's sister, Teddy Griffin, is another notable rookie.
Peter Newmann is the college basketball researcher for ESPN. He can be reached at email@example.com.