Smith Gives ACC Team The Nod

Tanner Smith had seen enough. After visiting a few programs and building relationships with teams in no less than 3 separate leagues, the talented wing ended his recruitment Thursday afternoon.

The Clemson Tigers are putting the pieces in place for an outstanding Class of 2008 recruiting haul. On Thursday, Oliver Purnell's Tigers accepted a verbal commitment from 6-foot-5 Tanner Smith of Norcross (Ga.) Wesleyan.

Smith, a starter for the loaded Georgia Stars AAU team, averaged 25 points during his high school season. Georgia, Auburn, Vanderbilt and Michigan were the main challengers for his services.

"From a basketball standpoint it wasn't anything that Vanderbilt or Auburn did wrong he just liked Clemson," Craig Smith, Tanner's father said. "He really feels like he can fit in there. The guys are great and the coaches really recruited him hard. They didn't make any bones about it, they wanted Tanner. They did a good job on the visit and they were patient with us and always in communication.

"He really hit it off with Andre Young when he was there. They butted heads the past couple of years and they just hit it off. Hopefully it will great four years."

Speaking of young, he's the point guard in Clemson's three-man class. Center Catalin Baciu is a Top 50 prospect, Young grades out in the Top 100 and both Smith and wasn't far out of the mix and finished up as a four-star prospect after the summer.

Baciu is the insider of the group who can play with both hands around the rim and to mid-range; Young is the jet-quick leader and Smith is the glue to the class as a versatile wing.

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