STILLWATER – Oklahoma State basketball head coach Mike Boynton has recruited Tyreek Smith, former Texas Tech forward and four-star Trinity Christian.
The 2021 All-Big 12 Academic Conference selection was the 2018 TAAPS 5A Player of the Year for Trinity Christian High School in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex, where he averaged 17.9 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game as a senior.
According to Rivals, Smith was the nation’s No. 104 ranked player and a four-star talent when he signed with Texas Tech, and 247Sports ranked Smith the nation’s leading-22nd power.
After a medical red shirt season in 2019-20, Smith shot a team-high 60.9% from the floor and placed second on the team with 21 blocks in 2020-2021. In production per minute, he led the Red Raiders in rebounds (.29) and blocks (.09).
“Tyreek will be an instant impact player in our program,” Boynton said. “His playful and competitive nature will increase the intensity of our workouts. He has the length and athleticism to improve our ability to be successful indoors, and an untapped skill set that will allow our offense to perform well. unroll. I can “I’m waiting to get him to come to campus.”
Smith has developed a reputation for providing a dose of energy and a defensive presence to the Texas Tech lineup. He’s seen action in all 29 games for the Red Raiders, who went 18-11 and advanced to the knockout stages of the NCAA tournament. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana native averages 2.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game in 8.6 minutes per fight.
He was 4 of 4 off the ground for 9 points in Texas Tech’s victory over TCU on March 2 and finished the season with seven outings of at least five points. Smith posted four points, three tables and one block when the State of Oklahoma visited Lubbock on January 2.
In addition to being named the TAAPS 5A Junior Player of the Year for Trinity Christian, Smith was selected by the All-State First Team and his district’s Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. He averages 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2.9 blocks as a junior.
On the AAU Tour, Smith played for Mudiay Elite in the Under Armor Association, where he averaged 16.4 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.
Smith joins a Cowboy basketball team after a 21-game winning campaign that included a trip to the Big 12 Championship Finals, an NCAA tournament first round victory and a 9-5 record against ranked opponents. Author of the 25 best recruiting classes in a row, Boynton has now recruited 10 players rated four or five stars since November 2018.
He joins former Syracuse wing Woody Newton as newcomers to the OSU locker room for 2021-2022.