Tyreek Smith Goes Full Toby Keith: ‘Should’ve Been a Cowboy’
Immediately after Tyreek Smith announced his intent to transfer, the replies in his mentions were all about Oklahoma State. Flashforward to now, it's no surprise that he's announced his intent to transfer to the Red Raiders' conference foe, Oklahoma State.
Just like Toby Keith, Smith has made the decision he should've been a Cowboy:
"Just like Smart and Starks/
Singin' Pistol's Firin' songs/
Woah, I should've been a cowboy"
I'm sorry. Moving on.
Coming out of high school, Smith committed and signed with Texas A&M before a coaching change caused him to rethink his future. He eventually committed to Texas Tech after beating either Mark Adams or Sean Sutton in an arm-wrestling contest.
His time at Texas Tech was up and down. Fans on Twitter, myself included, continually wished for increased minutes for Smith, but the previous staff disagreed, culminating in a single minute in a two-point loss to Arkansas in the final game of the season.
Smith did appear in every game of his redshirt freshman campaign, but only averaged 2.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in a criminal 8.6 minutes per game. Smith had stretches in several games where he looked electric and averaged a double-double if you look at his per 40-minute numbers.
The 6'7" post player just didn't quite fit in the lineup with Marcus Santos-Silva also on the court, which really hindered his opportunity. His ball-handling skills also hindered his playing time, but it's not like he was being asked to be a guard and bring the ball up the floor. With Santos-Silva returning and Smith being limited to playing the same role, it was never much of a question that Smith was leaving.
Smith was heavily recruited out of high school with 19 offers on the board aside from his commitment to Texas Tech. Oklahoma State was one of those offers, and Smith will finally cash that bad boy in.
He's the second Red Raider to transfer to a Big 12 team after Micah Peavy committed to TCU early in the month. I guess you could argue it's the third with John Paul II signee Jaylon Tyson flipping his commitment to Texas.
Tyson is the only Red Raider to follow that guy to Austin.
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