Tyler Smith Looking for Big Summer

This year's Tyler Smith should be a lot different than the player that has established himself among the elite juniors in the country. He'll get a shot to run the show

Don't expect the same Tyler Smith (No. 9, Insiders.com).

In addition to diligently working to improve on his outside shot, Smith will get a chance to run the point for the Southeast Raptors (previously Southeast Pump ‘N Run) this spring and summer.

``Tyler's going to give up a little scoring to run the team," Raptors boss Mark Komara said. "This will help him flourish at the next level and also give people a chance to see a different Tyler Smith."

Smith is hoping to take a couple official visits before school ends this year, but the Giles County (Tenn.) standout junior isn't sure whether he'll be able to swing it – or whether he'll just have to wait to take all his visits come next September.

The 6-7, 215-pound forward maintains that those who already have him pegged for Tennessee are off-base. However, the Vols are certainly in the mix for his services.

``Florida has been the most aggressive, other than Tennessee," Smith said. "North Carolina has also been sending me a lot of stuff lately."

Smith said that, as of now, the schools he is most serious about include Tennessee, Kansas, Florida, North Carolina, N.C. State and Louisville. There are others, but those are the ones at the top of his list.

Smith wasn't all that happy with how his junior campaign ended – with a 75-62 upset loss to Jackson South Side and its 6-8 star sophomore, Wayne Chism, in the semistate. Smith finished with 13 points in the setback.

Now Smith, who is a big-time scorer who relies on his athleticism to get to the basket, will try to avenge its loss by dominating this spring and summer under Raptors first-year coach Jay Couch. If Smith is able to knock down the perimeter shot with any consistency, he'll cement his standing as one of the elite players in the class.

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