Smith Discusses Big Decision

Shaka Smart and Oliver Purnell continue to increase Clemson's talent level in the rough and rugged ACC. As first reported by Thursday, Georgia native Tanner Smith goes into further detail about his big decision.

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6-5 shooting guard Tanner Smith decided today was the day he wanted to officially become a Clemson Tiger.

"It was a great day. I called coach Purnell two nights ago and let him know I was considering making a commitment," he said. "Coach (Shaka) Smart came down to school today. I told him today I wanted to be a Tiger if they still wanted me."

Smith picked the Tigers over Auburn, Vanderbilt and Michigan.

"I had to call the other coaches and tell them it wasn't the right fit. That was a hard thing to do with the relationships you build with the coaches," said Smith.

Why did the Georgia standout select the Tigers?

"First, the players were a perfect fit for me. I got to know two or three of the guys during my visits. I knew Andre Young from AAU ball. I also got to know Terrence Oglesby. Second, the coaches were great people and great coaches. I also felt Clemson was a place where I can come in and play right away in the ACC," he said.

The talented athlete could play several positions for the Tigers.

"They want me as a two guard. I can play some one and some three also," said Smith.

The Clemson staff made a good impression on Smith during the recruiting process.

"I really liked all of them. Each coach has something different that they bring to the table. They all respect coach Purnell. It was great to see how well they work together," said Smith.

The Wesleyan (Ga.) standout has been to Clemson several times, but never for a game at Littlejohn Coliseum.

"I went up there for a visit the last week of August. I have not been to a camp there, but I have been to some camps there," said Smith.

What will Smith bring to the Tigers?

"I am a hard working guy. I can do multiple things on the court. I will help the team win however I can," replied Smith.

A starter for the loaded Georgia Stars AAU team and a four-star prospect according to, Smith averaged 25 points during his high school season.

He is the third prospect to commit to the Tigers in the 2008 recruiting class.

Clemson also has commitments from center Catalin Baciu (four stars) and point guard Andre Young (another four star prospect). Top Stories