Trio in Front for Tyler Smith

Tyler Smith is starting to figure things out. First, this point guard experiment may not exactly work, and second, he's figuring out that three colleges have made him their priority.

The experiment with Tyler Smith at the point might just be short-lived.

The Giles County (Tenn.) 6-7 junior was slated to run the show for Southeast Elite this spring and summer, but coach Jay Couch appears to have changed his mind – partially because of the emergence of freshman floor leader Keegan Bell.

``He played both guard spots over the weekend and he's more suited to the two-guard spot," Couch said. "His jump shot was good at times this weekend, but it still needs to get more consistent. It's improved dramatically since his high school year."

Smith knows he can get to the basket at will, but he also realizes that he'll become a much better overall player if he can knock down the perimeter jumper.

``I know I need to work on my outside shot," Smith said. "It's just not consistent but it's coming along."

``I think he's a top 10 player in terms of his athleticism," added Couch. "And he has a chance to move even higher if he can keep improving his outside shot. Plus, he's good a great attitude and work ethic."

So is Smith's recruitment. He's far from making a decision, but he's starting to get a good idea of which colleges are serious about making a run at him. Kansas coach Bill Self, Alabama coach Mark Gottfried and Tennessee head man Buzz Peterson were the three head coaches that came in to meet with Smith. New Texas assistant Ken McDonald also stopped by earlier this week.

Smith said that Duke has showed luke-warm interest while North Carolina and Florida have basically dropped out.

``I know people think I'm definitely going to Tennessee, but that's not true," Smith said. "I'm pretty wide open right now."

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