Traveling Team: Southeast Elite

The group changed its name from Southeast Pump 'N Run to Southeast Elite, but they'll still have a big-time player - as has been the case in the past. This time it's 6-7 Tyler Smith, who will get to show a new side of his game this spring and summer.

Tyler Smith at the point? C'mon? Well, that's the plan this summer to showcase his perimeter skills, improved handle and court vision.

``We feel that's where he needs to play if he's going to make it to the NBA," Southeast Elite first-year coach Jay Couch said. "People will get a chance to see a different Tyler and I think he can make the adjustment without much of a problem."

Smith will have a pair of big targets down low in Laurinburg Charter's 6-10, 235-pound Hatila De Souza, who is expected to play pro ball in Spain, and 6-10, 300-pound Renato Souza.

The real hidden gem on the team may be 6-7 junior Pepe Diaw, the younger brother of Atlanta Hawks first-round pick Boris Diaw.

``He can guard people 94 feet," added Couch. "He sees the court better than most players and is super long and athletic. He attacks the basket and has a pretty good mid-range game. He's definitely a high-major type player."

The final starting spot will likely go to Bob Jones High (Ala.) 6-1 freshman guard Keegan Bell, who will be able to help Smith out with the ball-handling duties if needed. Bell is a Kirk Hinrich-type of player who shoots it well and also makes good decisions.

The bench is full of guys who haven't really received a whole lot of national exposure. Dusty Moore is a 6-8 junior forward who is probably the team's top shooter while 6-2 junior Vincent Clark gives the team athleticism – as does 6-7 junior Shannon Coffey. Junior swingman Darius Burt will also give the team a spark off the bench.

``There's no question in my mind that this is the best team I've ever had," Southeast Elite boss Mark Komara said. "And I've had guys like Jackie Butler, Marvin Stone and Rod Grizzard."

This team could even get better if Samba Gueye, a 6-9 forward from Senegal who has already committed to USC, is added to the mix as Komara feels could happen in June. Another name to watch is 6-11, 240-pound Ghana native Munero Allesyne, an eighth-grader at Madison Academy in Huntsville.

``We may not have a lot of marquee guys that people have heard about like we did last year with Mike Williams," Smith said. "But we have a pretty good squad and I think we'll surprise a lot of people."

Southeast Elite (Huntsville, Ala.)

Coaches: Mark Komara, Jay Couch, Billy Smith

Affiliation: Reebok

Top Prospects: WF Tyler Smith (6-7, 200, JR)

Projected Starters: BF Hatila De Souza (6-10, 235, SR*); C Renato Souza (6-10, 300, SR*); WG-WF Pepe Diaw (6-7, JR); PG Keegan Bell (6-1, FR)

Others: G Cash Givens (6-3, SR*); WF Dusty Moore (6-8, JR); WG-WF Darius Burt (6-4, 185, JR); WG Vincent Clark (6-2, JR); F Shannon Coffey (6-7, JR); Tyler Jennings (6-10, 255, JR)

Opening Tourney: Kingwood Classic (Texas) – April 16-18

Famous Alum: Marvin Stone; Rod Grizzard

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