Redshirt freshman forward Tyreek Smith recently posted to Twitter an impressive workout video that should have Texas Texas basketball fans excited about what he will bring to the court.
Just in case we all forgot about his potential, redshirt freshman Tyreek Smith reminded us this week not to discount what he could bring to the table next year for the Texas Tech basketball program. In a video posted to Twitter on Sunday with the caption “Just keep working”, Smith gave us a glimpse into his offseason workouts and many Red Raider fans are excited about what we saw in the 50-second clip.
Smith is seen displaying some serious ball-handling skills as well as working tirelessly on his mid-range jumper, which looks smooth and accurate (though in these videos, no player is going to show us his misses).
Those are two skills that he was not necessarily known for as a high school recruit. Rather, he was billed as an elite athlete in the mold of former Red Raider Zach Smith. Many projected Tyreek Smith to be a rim protector and rebounder but if he continues to develop his offensive game by putting in the work that is apparent in the below video, he could become an all-around asset for the Texas Tech basketball program.
In a case of out of sight, out of mind, Smith has been forgotten by many Red Raider fans despite being a 4-star signee last offseason. That’s because he didn’t play a single second last year after a lower-leg injury sustained in fall camp was slower to heal than expected.
At times in January, there were rumors that Smith was ready to return but given how late in the season it was when he was medically cleared, Beard aired on the side of caution (as always) and held out a player that could have helped his team, especially on the glass.
As a reminder, Smith was rated a 4-star player by Rivals, which had him as the No. 104 player in the nation in the class of 2019. In addition to Tech, he held offers from the likes of A&M (to which he was originally committed), Florida, Kansas State, Houston, Georgia Tech, LSU, OU, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, TCU, and several other programs.
Over at 247Sports.com, Jerry Meyer, the Director of Basketball Scouting, had this scouting report: “High-level athlete with solid size for position. Quick off floor as rebounder and shot blocker. Plays with a competitive motor. Not a ball handler, but is a finisher. Energy, defender and rebounder type. Does need to build up body and get stronger. Limited range at this point.”
This season, the 6-foot-8 Cedar Hill, Texas product will have a role to play. He will be a key reserve forward behind Joel Ntambwe and Marcos Santos-Silva and he will have to provide rebounding and shot-blocking. But if his overall game has developed as much as his recent workout video would suggest, he might give Texas Tech much more than anyone outside of the program is expecting.