As we move through what is turning out to be a fantastic and surprising season for Texas Tech basketball, I was curious about how the two signed players for Tubby Smith's current class were doing and the one committed player. As you all know, high school basketball is in full swing, and all three of these players are doing really well. For those of you who are a bit lost, there is an early signing period for basketball, where Tubby Smith signed SG Justin Gray and PF Zach Smith, while PG Keenan Allen is committed to Texas Tech, but hasn't signed.
I also wanted to let you know that the tables below are going to be the new tables that I do for the football and basketball teams. I started thinking that part of the problem in going back to each profile and updating the number of stars was really difficult, but I still thought that it needed to be done. The profiles are great because they are snap-shots of the player at that time and we get to see how far the player has come from that time. So, I hope it all makes sense. I do think it's more visually pleasing. You can find all of the recruiting information under the Sections at the top of the page and the basketball commits have their own page.
Justin Gray's Berkely Prep Team is 25-3 and Gray is averaging 17.8 points a game, 3.1 assists, 7.3 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 2.0 blocks a game. Gray is projected as a shooting guard, but he already has a good frame and could eventually become a forward type of player for Texas Tech as he has a terrific mid-range game, but his long-range game (he's only shot 24 three-point shots all year) is a bit lacking.
Keenan Evan's Berkner team is 21-7 overall and Evans is averaging 19.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 6.0 assists a game. Evans is really smooth with the ball and he's gifted at getting to the rim and creating for himself and his teammates.
Zach Smith's Plano East team is 18-9 and Smith has really increased his numbers from last year to this year. Smith is averaging 15.6 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 1.1 assists a game. Smith was a guy that was not known as a scoring threat as a junior, only averaging 5.3 points a game, but as you can see, he's really turned it on and improved his game significantly. Smith is raw, but he's only going to get better. I couldn't find any recent video that I could embed, but here is Hudl video. He can jump really high.
POSITION: Shooting Guard
HIGH SCHOOL: Berkeley Prep (Tampa, FL)
VIDEO: Clip 1 | Clip 2
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals | Scout N/R | ESPN 80 | 24/7 Sports 85
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.8381
VTM PROFILE DATE: October 4, 2013
HIGH SCHOOL: Plano East (Plano, TX)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals | Scout N/R | ESPN N/R | 24/7 Sports 70
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.700
VTM PROFILE DATE: October 6, 2013