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Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver (23) tries to lay up the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Abilene Christian, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)

Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver (23) tries to lay up the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Abilene Christian, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson) by Brad Tollefson (Associated Press)

Oklahoma’s Trae Young and Texas’ Mo Bamba understandably hog the freshman spotlight in the Big 12, but they aren’t the only newcomers having big impacts on their teams. Kansas will face two productive Texas Tech freshmen flying under the radar of the national spotlight tonight.

In the case of 6-foot-5, 195-pound Zhaire Smith from Garland, Texas, “flying” is the right way to put it.

“I played against him in high school a lot,” Kansas freshman Marcus Garrett said. “He’s a jumper. I think he’s got a 40-something inch vertical. That’s something right there. … He has a high motor and he plays hard.”

Smith averages 22.6 minutes, 10.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.2 blocks and a steal per game.

Jarrett Culver, a 6-5, 190-pound native of Lubbock, averages 10.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 21.2 minutes per game.

Both freshmen usually come off the bench, although they rank second and third on the team in scoring behind senior guard Keenan Evans (16.6 ppg).

“Culver is just a good player,” Self said. “He can just do a little bit of everything. He can score. He’s got good size. He can handle it. He’s like one of those jack-of-all-trades fours. He can post it and he can score beyond the arc.”

Smith and Culver have had the benefit of adjusting to the speed of the game against a soft non-conference schedule and came into conference play with a lot of confidence. Culver scored 13 points in a 77-53 rout of injury-weakened Baylor.

Comments

Barry Weiss 9 months, 2 weeks ago

hey Tom, any word on Preston? Its been a while since coach said anything. I'm starting to worry....

Gerry Butler 9 months, 2 weeks ago

ya, hearing less and less, but then again could be that there is just NOTHING new as bizarre as that sounds to report. -- Man you would think we would be hearing SOMETHING - I'm kind of like you - - every day now that there is STILL nothing? - - -I just think we are not going to see him step foot on the floor in a KU uniform period

Dirk Medema 9 months, 2 weeks ago

The NCAA has been on holiday for the past week like a lot of non-private sector entities. You can see it as "every day", but we're only just now hitting little more than day 1.

Dillon Davis 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I feel like Evans and Gray have been there forever. They have a good group of seniors much like ISU last year. Tough game tonight.

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