SIXERS MAKE IT OFFICIAL: TOP PICK ZHAIRE SMITH SIGNS

By Julie Glass

The Sixers signed top draft pick Zhaire Smith yesterday.

The 6-5 guard/forward, whose rights were acquired in a draft-night trade with Phoenix, was selected No. 16 overall after one collegiate season at Texas Tech.

Smith averaged 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.1 steals in 28.4 minutes per game for Texas Tech, averaging 12.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in four March Madness games.

He also totaled 417 points, a Texas Tech single-season freshman record, led the team in rebounds (185) and blocks (42), which ranked top 10 in Big 12 play.

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