Texas Tech guard Zhaire Smith announced on Wednesday afternoon that he will be declaring for the NBA draft without signing with an agent.
As a freshman, the Texas-native averaged 11.3 points and five boards for the Red Raiders.
Smith was a three-star recruit coming out of high school, but he put together a terrific freshman season that highlighted just how much potential he has in the longterm. A 6-foot-4 shooting guard, Smith has a vertical that’s better than 40 inches and a wingspan of 6-foot-10. He also played in a Texas Tech system that prioritized defense.
If Smith remained in the draft, he would likely be a first round pick.