Tyler Smith Granted Release from Iowa

IOWA CITY, IA - - Freshman Tyler Smith has asked for, and been granted, a release from his basketball scholarship at the University of Iowa. The announcement was made Friday by Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter and Director of Athletics Gary Barta.

"Tyler asked to be released, expressing his desire to be closer to his father," said Lickliter. "We respect his decision to be near his family and will grant the release in order for Tyler to further his education closer to home."

"I have had conversations with both Tyler and his father from the time we knew we would have a coaching change," said Barta. "Both expressed a sincere appreciation for Iowa, but also hinted toward a desire for Tyler to continue his career closer to home. I'm disappointed with his final decision, but we do ultimately want what's best for him."

Smith (6-7, 210) is a native of Pulaski, TN who joined the Iowa program after one year at Hargrave, VA Military Academy. He started 29 of 31 games last season, leading the team in rebounding (4.9) and steals (45) while ranking second in scoring (14.9) and assists (111). He was named to the Big Ten Conference all-Freshman team and earned third team all-Big Ten recognition.

Lickliter also noted that family was the reason given by Smith for the request. "He said he has very much missed being around his father for the past two years," said Lickliter, of his conversation with Smith. "He expressed his appreciation to the University of Iowa and Hawkeye fans and wished the program nothing but success."

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