Smith Achieves New Status As Guard

Tyler Smith. Ever heard of him? Probably not, but you will soon. The Baltimore native managed to fly under the radar last year, despite winning a state title. Smith's no longer in stealth mode as many are catching onto his talents.

TOC Helped Him Blowup

Tyler Smith, a guard for Baltimore (MD) Douglas, was a state champion last year. He averaged 29.8 points a game on a loaded team. He was a Top 100 player, but few even knew about him before word started leaking late in high senior year.

"He's been flying under the radar for a while," Douglas coach Rodney Coefield said. "I would suspect that's because he doesn't have the (SAT) scores. Everybody now knows he a major Division I player and everybody wants to talk to him."

Sure, everybody does now. Smith has put up huge numbers this spring, including a 38-point outing at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. "He's a scoring point guard," Coefield said. "A lot of people are recruiting him as a two guard because he just gets it done." Very true, but we couldn't agree more with Coefield, this kid looks like a big time scorer from the lead guard role.

Smith is athletic and has a fine stroke from downtown – way downtown.

So far, Georgetown, Charlotte, UConn, Cincinnati and Maryland have inquired. So have Providence, Syracuse, Marquette and West Virginia. This young man is more than worthy of that kind of attention.

"Everybody was on the other kids in town," Coefield said. "The kids that were highly touted and he didn't get the exposure. He's a sleeper kid. He's probably the best player in the state of Maryland."

Bold statement, but Smith has an extra year to prove it. He'll prep in 2003 at West Nottingham Academy. His high school teammate, forward Richard Dorsey, will join him. Dorsey needs an academic boost as well and he'll be reclassed as a member of the Class of 2004. LaSalle, UConn, Providence and Charlotte like Dorsey.

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