Red Raiders win out for Smith

The past few days proved very kind to veteran coach Tubby Smith in his bid to grow Texas Tech basketball.

First, the Red Raiders won out for three star guard Justin Gray, an under the radar talent who's better than his (lack of) reputation.

And now Tech has struck again. Zach Smith, who performed well in Las Vegas this past summer, chose the Red Raiders over Creighton, Marquette, Nebraska, St. Bonaventure, TCU and Washington State. Smith announced his commitment via Twitter, saying, "It's been a long hard decision, but I've decided to commit to Texas Tech #GunsUp."

Out in Vegas, Smith definitely competed with guns all the way up. He's a tough, no-nonsense competitor who possesses good athleticism and an ideal stride that suggests potential excellent in an uptempo setting. He's also a solid rebounder and has a sturdy frame that suggests capable post defense down the road.

Smith told me during the summer that he wanted to transition to the wing, but most likely he'll reside at power forward in Lubbock. He's likely 25-30 pounds from his eventual college weight, and at that point he'll be a legitimate physical presence for the Red Raiders.

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