September 14, 2011

Hannahs commits to Tech

Dusty Hannahs, a six-foot-three, 200-pound shooting guard from Little Rock (Ark.) Pulaski Academy, committed to Texas Tech Wednesday during a special high school ceremony honoring him.

He couldn't be happier about his decision.

"It's just amazing how much that city revolves around that university," Hannahs said. "Even people who are waitresses or waiters have Texas Tech shirts on. It's kind of like in Arkansas, we have a lot of Razorback fans, but Texas Tech is almost a step above that.

"I'm really excited to be a part of a university like that where it's big. Also, I heard a lot about the life there because one of my friend's dad went there and he told me that I'd love it. I did. I love Lubbock."

Hannahs' journey toward the Red Raiders actually began before first-year head coach Billy Gillispie was hired on.

Hannahs said Gillispie visited Hannahs' AAU team, the Arkansas Wings, and observed a practice. After the practice, Gillispie told Hannahs to expect to hear from him once he got his next coaching job.

"When he got hired at Texas Tech, I went a couple of weeks without speaking to him because he was probably busy," Hannahs said. "Once he called, he said 'I still want you to be a Red Raider, you've got an offer.' That's when I started to get excited."

Hannahs said Gillispie recruited him for his scoring ability. As a junior, he averaged 22 points in his high school league.

"He knows I'm a scorer," Hannahs said. "I'm a shooter and he said they need a shooter and that I'd be perfect for the system. Coach Gillispie is real tough in practice and always wants to get the best out of you. "

The shooting guard also talked with the coaching staff about significant playing time as early as his true freshman year.

"I'm excited to go up there and make an impact my freshman year which is what me and the coaching staff have talked about," Hannahs said. "Just working hard and making an impact my freshman year. I'm really excited to be a Red Raider."

Hannahs' decision was completely made after visiting Tech during the Texas State football weekend. He had access to Gillispie's individual practices and learned what Red Raider basketball is all about under the new coach.

"I watched some of the individual workouts and met some of the players and they seem like really cool guys too. I just felt so comfortable after leaving Texas Tech that, that was the place for me after being with coach Gillispie all the time and just getting a feel for the university."

Aside from Tech, Hannahs had scholarship offers from Rice, Arkansas State, Central Arkansas, Southeast Missouri and Louisiana Tech in addition to interest from Arkansas, Florida and Minnesota.

Hannahs said his recruitment is closed and he plans to sign a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period. The period starts Nov. 9 and ends on Nov. 16.

"Tech's coaching staff is a bunch of really good guys," Hannahs said. "Coach Gillispie is a proven winner wherever he's been and I just really like what they're going to have going over there."

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