Red Raider basketball signs Zhaire Smith to NLI

Red Raider basketball signs Zhaire Smith to NLI

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Texas Tech men's basketball head coach Chris Beard has inked Zhaire Smith to a National Letter of Intent and Athletic Scholarship Agreement announced Thursday as part of the spring NCAA signing period.

Smith, a 6-5 guard from Garland, played his high school basketball for JT Locklear at Lakeview Centennial. He is ranked as high as a four-star signee by 247 Sports along with three-star nods from and Smith chose Texas Tech over Big 12 rival Texas and will be a freshman for the 2017-18 season.

Smith posted 20.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. He connected on 69 percent from the field en route to District 10-6A MVP honors during his senior season and was voted as the best high school dunker by coaches in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Smith is an extremely athletic wing/guard. He's a very talented shooter and passer with a big time motor and toughness.

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What the media is saying about Zhaire Smith

Alan Branch – Texas Boys Basketball

"Zhaire Smith is a world class athlete that could have played multiple sports. At the guard spot, he brings great athleticism and will be one of the most versatile players in the Big 12. His best basketball is ahead of him, and he's a perfect fit for what Coach Beard is doing at Texas Tech."

Blue Zertuche – Texas Hoops

"Signing Zhaire Smith is a big deal for the Red Raiders. For Coach Beard to win an in-state recruiting battle against Texas, Arkansas, Georgia Tech and Oregon says a lot about where his program is going.  Zhaire's best basketball is ahead of him, but he will be one of the best athletes in the Big 12 the day he steps on campus."