Garland (TX) Lake Centennial senior wing Zhaire Smith visited Texas Tech for it's Big 12 clash with No. 3 Kansas on Saturday. Though the Red Raiders would fall short, 80-79, Smith said he had fun at the United Spirit Arena.
"Wide open three, couldn't ask for anything else," said Smith about a late Texas Tech shot which rimmed out.
The Red Raiders offered the 6-foot-4 wing a scholarship in January. Smith, who averages 20 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3 assists for the Lakeview Centennial (28-3) also holds offers from schools such as Air Force, Arkansas-Little Rock, Georgia Tech and Kansas State, plus said he's hearing from Arkansas, Memphis and Texas among others.
"I was really excited and blessed to be offered by Tech," Smith said. "It's a tough school and you get to complete in one of the toughest conferences."
Smith, who said he plans on deciding which school he will attend after his senior season, added Texas Tech assistant coach Chris Ogden is leading his recruitment and he likes what he's hearing from him.
"I like how he said they don't want me they NEED me."
The quick trip out to see the game on Saturday was Smith's first visit to Tech, but it made quite an impression him.
"I like the arena. It looks great and the campus looks amazing!"
Smith said he plans on taking an official visit, but didn't know exactly when at the time of the interview. In addition to the staff, facilities and campus, Smith said he liked the roster situation at Texas Tech.
"I heard they have all juniors and seniors," Smith said. "(That means) early playing time. I feel I can fit right on in."
The NCAA Division I men's basketball spring signing period runs from Apr. 12-May 17.