Texas Tech offers Benny Valentine

Benny Valentine

Howard College in Big Spring, Tex. could have a second player headed to Booby Knight's program.

Howard College in Big Spring, Tex., has already produced one Big 12 signee this year in starting point guard Charles Burgess, who pledged to Texas Tech last Fall.

The Hawks could be on the verge of having another backcourt starter commit to the Red Raider program this spring.

Benny Valentine, a 5-7, 180 pound freshman guard from Omaha, Neb., was recently offered a scholarship by Texas Tech.

"Within the last week Tech offered Benny," said Howard College Asst. Coach Jason Sautter. "They showed a lot of interest in him during the season, and Coach Knight watched him play a few times throughout the year."

In addition to Texas Tech, Duquesne, Rhode Island, UC-Santa Barbara and Illinois State have tendered scholarship offers to Valentine. His only official visit thus far has been to Duquesne the weekend of Apr. 7-9.

Rhode Island had hoped to host Valentine this Spring, but that may not happen with Texas Tech in the picture.

"As of right now, he won't go on a visit to Rhode Island," Sautter explained. "He may take an unofficial visit to Texas Tech soon, because it's only an hour and a half away from our campus."

As a freshman qualifier, Valentine could leave Howard with three years to play on the Division I level.

This past season, he led the Hawks in scoring, pumping in 17.6 points per game. He was second on the team in assists, dishing out 3.1 per contest. Suffice to say, Valentine is a scoring point guard.

"His greatest strength is his competitiveness -- he tries to run through brick walls," said Howard Asst. Coach Scott Raines. "He's also a pesky defender, and while he makes some mistakes, he is willing to learn, adjust and adapt."

Valentine needs to earn 24 credits and maintain a 2.0 GPA at Howard to move on to the Division I level as a sophomore next year.

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