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Texas Tech forward Zach Smith returns to school after withdrawing from NBA Draft

Texas Tech v West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, WV - FEBRUARY 18: Tarik Phillip #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers drives against Zach Smith #11 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders at the WVU Coliseum on February 18, 2017 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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Texas Tech forward Zach Smith will return for his senior season, the school confirmed on Monday.

The 6-foot-8 forward is one of the most intriguing athletes in college basketball as he’s been a double-figure scorer for the Red Raiders the past two seasons. As a junior, Smith put up 12.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game as he shot 50 percent from the field.

Three-point shooting was something that Smith improved dramatically last season as he increased it to 39 percent in a small sample size. If Smith can continue to show that he’s a perimeter shooting threat then he could be an ideal three-and-d candidate at the pro level.

By returning to Texas Tech, Smith gives head coach Chris Beard a potential all-league candidate who should be counted on to be a double-double threat next season.