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BREAKING: Zhaire Smith drafted 16th overall

Time for Zhaire to #TrustTheProcess.

NBA: NBA Draft Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time since 1997, Texas Tech has a player selected in the first round of the NBA Draft.

Smith’s time as a member of the Phoenix Suns was short lived however, as the Philadelphia 76ers quickly finalized a deal to get their guy.

Zhaire Smith worked out multiple times with the 76ers and it was obvious that Philadelphia loved his game. This trade gave Philadelphia a chance to get their guy and an extra draft pick in the process.

Zhaire Smith is Texas Tech’s first one-and-done ever and will carry the torch for Chris Beard’s program going forward. Soon we’ll see alley-oops from Ben Simmons to Zhaire Smith, while Smith and Joel Embiid anchor the defense.