Talented Prospect Discusses AU Visit

A Scout.com four star basketball prospect discusses his visit to Auburn.

Norcross, Ga.--Basketball prospect Tanner Smith says he thoroughly enjoyed his weekend in Auburn as he made the second of five scheduled official visits.

The 6-5 guard from Wesleyan School is one of Auburn's primary recruiting targets and he is expected to choose from a list that includes Clemson, where he visited in August, plus Vanderbilt, Michigan and Georgia.

"I had a great time in Auburn," Smith says. "I took the trip with my mom and dad and we all enjoyed it."

Highlights of the weekend were hanging out with the Auburn players, having dinner at the home of head coach Jeff Lebo and attending Saturday night's season-opening football game as the Tigers defeated Kansas State.

"I got to meet the athletic director (Jay Jacobs), too," says Smith, who averaged 25 points, eight rebounds and three assists per game as a junior.

Smith, who is also a standout performer for the Georgia Stars AAU team, has been nursing an ankle injury. He says he is getting close to 100 percent on that front. Smith took his official visit the same weekend as another outstanding senior from the state of Georgia, forward Toby Veal from Johnson High in Savannah.

"Toby is a really good player," Smith says. "He plays AAU ball for the South Carolina Ravens so we have played against each other several times."

Smith, who has taken several unofficial visits to Auburn, is a strong student who had already checked out the academic facilities on the Auburn campus. He notes that he was able to spend a lot of time getting to know members of Lebo's team.

"I like the guys a lot," says Smith, who points out they did a good job over the weekend trying to convince him to become an Auburn Tiger.

However, before he makes a decision on his college choice, Smith says he plans to take all five official visits. "After I do that I am going to sit down with my parents and we will make a list of the pros and cons with each school and then decide."

"My visit to Clemson was great, too," he says. "I had not been there much and I got to see the campus."

Smith says he checked out the plans for Auburn's new state-of-the-art basketball arena he will be able to play in if he signs with the Tigers. Construction on the $92.5 million arena is scheduled to begin next summer.

The Wesleyan standout also says he really enjoyed tailgating and checking out the football game on Saturday evening in Auburn. "That was a lot of fun," he says.


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