EXCLUSIVE: Zhaire Smith talks about leaving for NBA

EXCLUSIVE: Zhaire Smith talks about leaving for NBA

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - This past basketball season was a season of firsts for the Red Raider basketball team.

First time ever to go to the Elite 8, and the first time ever to have a one-and-done in program history.

"The ride was magical and I was honored to play on the team," NBA Draft prospect Zhaire Smith said. "Hopefully, they will have another ride like this but it was just blessing to be a part of."

Less than a week ago, Zhaire Smith hired an agent, marking his days in Lubbock as officially over, as he looks to take his elite athleticism and his disruptive defense to the next level.

"It is a blessing to make history," Smith said. "I always wanted to come to Tech, to make history."

He did that in a couple of ways: as the first one and done in program history, and as the Texas Tech single-season record holder for points by a freshman.

He edged out his other freshman counterpart by just two-points.

When asked about his former teammate, Jarrett Culver, having to elevate his game, Smith said:

"I believe he (Culver) can do that. We have been in the gym together, still to this day," Smith said. "I know he is working hard, and I think Tech is still going to be good next year."

So what would Zhaire Smith like to say to Red Raider fans about his time here at Texas Tech?

"I enjoyed every moment of it, they were outstanding to me, and I never had a problem," NBA Draft prospect Zhaire Smith said. "I would come back and catch a game, I would love to come back to Lubbock."

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