Talented Hoops Prospect Plans to Visit AU

A rising senior basketball prospect discusses his interest in Jeff Lebo's Tigers and other college programs.

Norcross, Ga.--For Tanner Smith, basketball is a year-around sport and heading into his senior season the good shooting guard is having a busy summer.

Between breaks from attending an event in Kansas City and another one coming up this week in South Carolina (The Peach Jam) with his talented Georgia Stars AAU team, Smith says that Auburn is one of three colleges he has scheduled for official visits to for this fall along with the Georgia Bulldogs and St. Joe's Hawks. All three have offered him scholarships, he points out.

Smith, who averaged 25 points, eight rebounds and three assists per game as a junior at Wesleyan School, notes that he received his first scholarship offer from Auburn last year. He has offers from as far away as Oregon on the west coast.

"I like Auburn a lot," the 6-5, 195-pound combo guard says. "I like Coach (Jeff) Lebo and the whole coaching staff. I camped at Auburn this year and have been to campus on unofficial visits for two football games and I like the players and the university."

Commenting on Georgia, Smith says, "I like the coaching staff a lot and we get along real well. Also, it is my home-state university."

While pointing out he generally prefers major college programs like the ones in the SEC, he notes that St. Joe's in Philadelphia has caught his eye. "I like the fact that basketball is the number one sport at the school and there is a lot of buzz about basketball there," he says. "Also, the Atlantic 10 is a good conference."

Tanner Smith says he feels comfortable playing either point guard or shooting guard.

A strong student academically who broke into the starting lineup on his high school team during his freshman season, Smith notes that part of the original draw to Wesleyan School was to play on the baseball team. However, after having a lot of success in basketball, he decided to concentrate on the sport year around and has blossomed into one of the top prospects in the state of Georgia.

Smith rates his shooting and ball-handling as his strengths. He says that improving his overall strength and quickness are areas he is concentrating on going into his senior season with Wesleyan expected to field a strong team capable of making a run at the state 2A title.


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