Texas Tech Lands Another Hoops Commit

Scout.com national recruiting analyst Rob Harrington breaks down Texas Tech's latest commit after seeing him play over the summer.

Texas Tech basketball coach Tubby Smith picked up his second commit in three days.

Zach Smith, an athletic 6-foot-8, 205-pound forward from Plano East (TX), announced his decision via Twitter on Saturday, "It's been a long hard decision, but I've decided to commit to Texas Tech #GunsUp."

Smith pledged to Tech over offers from Creighton, Marquette, Nebraska, St. Bonaventure, TCU and Washington State.

Scout.com national recruiting analyst Rob Harrington saw Smith play last summer and came away impressed.

"I like his toughness, he seems like the type of player who will embrace the type of competition he'll see at the next level," Harrington said. "He's not a delicate flower they'll have to convince to compete, so from that standpoint he's ready to go."

Though Smith might get some time at wing, he'll probably see more time at power forward as the strength of his game in the half court is as a defender, rebounder and junkyard dog. Harrington said what stands out about Smith is his long stride and athleticism on the break.

"He impressed me as someone would develop into a major college player even if he wasn't at that moment," Harrington said. "I really liked his body type and athleticism. He's the type of player who will need to blossom over time rather then jump right in and start probably. I really like that they (Tech) were able to keep an in-state player, it never hurts to fortify your in-state recruiting base like that."

Smith joins Berkely Prep (FL) three-star combo guard Justin Gray, who committed Thursday, in coach Smith's first class with the Red Raiders.

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