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Recruiting on the South Plains | Plano East F Zach Smith Commits to Texas Tech

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Texas Tech head coach Tubby Smith gets his 2nd commitment of the 2014 recruiting class in Plano East forward Zach Smith.

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PLAYER: Zach Smith

POSITION: Forward
HEIGHT: 6’7"
WEIGHT: 205
HIGH SCHOOL: Plano East (Plano, TX)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals | Scout N/R |ESPN N/A | 24/7 Sports N/R
CUMULATIVE RANKING: N/A
VTM PROFILE DATE: October 6, 2013

OFFERS | Creighton, Marquette, Nebraska, San Jose St., St. Bonaventure, TCU, Texas Tech, UTEP, Washington St., Wright St.

STATS | I’m not sure that these numbers are accurate, but from the DMN, Smith averaged 5.3 points a game and 4.7 rebounds. Plano East appears to be an incredibly deep team that won 30 games last year that was loaded with senior talent. This will be Smith’s year to shine

THE PLAYER SPEAKS | The DMN has a bit from Smith, who is excited to play for head coach Tubby Smith:

"The main thing was how I fit in, and, of course, Tubby Smith," Smith told Rivals.com. "He’s a Hall of Fame coach. That also helped a lot. But, I just found myself fitting in well and I liked the whole feel of the school, I liked the campus life, the academic advisers out there, and everything.

"I think with them hiring Tubby Smith — Tech hasn’t had the best few seasons. I think hiring him, it’ll get a lot better really quick. I think with his name just being there, he’s able to get a lot of recruits in. He’s got some good recruiters out there and stuff like that."

SCOUTING REPORT | Smith reminds me a bit of D’Wayln Roberts, about 6’7" and 205, which was probably Roberts’ weight all through his college career. Hopefully, Smith can add a few pounds. Smith is a jumping-jack for sure, an above the rim player that has probably been focused on the defensive side of the ball. I an’t say I understand all of the AAU stuff, but it appears that Smith was awarded best rebounder in the Texas Super Session All-Stars. Smith is also noted as being one of the more versatile players in the 2014 class and had him as the MVP of the Duncanville session. The article notes that Smith may be capable of guarding three different positions moving forward, which makes me think he has some offensive and defensive versatility to him.

This is a bit strange in that Smith really is a guy that’s getting a scholarship based on potential and what he’s done this past summer for the AAU circuit. Apparently, lots of folks have seen Smith play, enough to get two hands full of offers. That’s pretty impressive. And I’d guess that Alvin "Pooh" Williamson is maybe the primary guy, he’s been in the DFW area for a while.

Zach, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!

The 2014 Class |

Player Position Ht/Wt School VTM Profile
Justin Gray Shooting Guard 6’5/185 Berkeley Prep (Tampa, FL) October 4, 2013
Zach Smith Forward 6-5/205 Plano East (Plano, TX) October 8, 2013