Smith Rounds Out List of Five

Tyler Smith has five programs pursuing him. He's got a visit date lined up with a C-USA power and two more new names are starting to work him even harder.

The No. 3 post-graduate player in America has a list of five schools. Tyler Smith, Hargrave's 6-foot-6, 210 pound small forward, is considering Iowa, Pittsburgh, Memphis, Kentucky and Nebraska.

Smith, who is averaging 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists, had his best showing last weekend up North.

"He's absolutely played outstanding this year at Hargrave," Coach Kevin Keatts said. "His biggest game was this past weekend at Winchendon when he had 32 and 14. He feels more comfortable on the wing and has the ability to shoot the ball on the perimeter now. To me, at his size, he's one of the best defenders in the country."

Smith has already visited the Hawkeyes and Pittsburgh. Memphis has a trip scheduled for the last weekend in January. "He's had 2 very good visits," Keatts said. "He was excited about both when he came back."

Excited, but still ready to see more. Smith is a veteran of the process and nothing is going to move up his timetable other than a belief that he's found the right fit.

"I don't know that he has a leader," Keatts said. "I think after signing with Tennessee and changing the staff, I think he's going to take his time, take some visits and decide where he's going to go. I think they're veterans in the recruitment and they'll take the time and make sure they look at all the options."

Enter Kentucky and Nebraska.

"Kentucky's really new to him," Keatts said. "They recruited him a couple of years ago and recruited him a little last year when they signed with Tennessee. I think they looked at their team and he's definitely a need for Kentucky. They've turned the heat up a little bit in the last couple of weeks for him.

"Tubby was at the Hall of Fame game last weekend. He called me after the game blazing, raving about Tyler. Steve Alford was there too and so was Barry Collier. I think both Memphis and Pittsburgh played that day."

Keatts said that though Nebraska is being mentioned now, the Huskers aren't just stepping into the process now. "They've been recruiting him since the live period."

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