Guard Ethan Duncan announces his departure from Texas Tech men’s basketball program

Texas Tech guard Ethan Duncan (10) handles the ball during basketball practice on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, at the Dustin R. Womble Basketball Center in Lubbock, Texas.
Texas Tech guard Ethan Duncan (10) handles the ball during basketball practice on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, at the Dustin R. Womble Basketball Center in Lubbock, Texas.

Ethan Duncan, who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury and elected to redshirt, elected to depart the Texas Tech men’s basketball program by entering his name in the NCAA transfer portal and announced those intentions through social media Monday.

“I will always be appreciative of Texas Tech," Duncan said in a Texas Tech news release. "From the coaches, players, managers and the best fan base in the country. TTU will always have a place in my heart.”

The Red Raiders were scheduled to conduct the program’s first practice of the season at 3 p.m Monday.

“We wish Ethan nothing but the best,” Texas Tech head coach Mark Adams said. “He worked extremely hard while he was here and added a lot to our culture. Ethan comes from a great family and I know that he will have a lot of success in his future. We support him in this decision and will always be there for him when he needs us.”

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As a senior at Trinity Christian, he averaged a reported area-best 27 points, 7.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game en route to securing Lone Star Varsity Boys Player of the Year honors. The walk-on guard committed to Texas Tech back in 2021.

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The veteran Lion also garnered all-district and all-state first-team honors while earning a spot on the all-state tournament team after leading Trinity Christian to its second TAPPS Class 4A state title appearance in five seasons.

Lats week, the Texas Tech men’s basketball program announced Utah Valley transfer Fardaws Aimaq suffered a foot injury during a workout.

“Texas Tech senior Fardaws Aimaq suffered a foot injury during a workout earlier this week,” Tech's statement said. “He is expected to make a full recovery and return for the season. There is no timetable on how long he will be out of practice.”

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Tech issued the statement about an hour after CBS Sports college basketball writer Jon Rothstein reported Aimaq is expected to miss several months with a broken foot, citing unnamed sources. In a text exchange with The Avalanche-Journal after Rothstein's report, a Tech athletics spokesman declined to give more specifics about Aimaq's injury, citing confidentiality of medical information.

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