The last time a 4-star basketball player committed to Texas Tech was 2005, when Terry Martin Jr committed from Monroe, LA. With Zhaire Smith recently committing to the Red Raiders, the 12-year drought has been ended.
Both commitments have one thing (or person) in common: Chris Beard. Coach Beard was on staff when Terry Martin Jr committed, that same year Dior Lowhorn also committed to tech as he garnered an above .90 rating as well according 247sports. That recruiting class was a top-30 class and highest class Tech basketball has ever had since recruiting rankings began.
It’s safe to say Chris Beard is a gifted recruiter.