Tyler Smith is All About Winning

Forgive Tyler Smith if he hasn't formed a top five list over the next few weeks.  The 6-6 Jr. forward from Pulaski, TN is too busy winning. 

Friday night, Tyler Smith scored 28 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in leading Giles County H.S. team to a win over Lincoln County.  The regular season is now complete and for Smith, that means it's time to start thinking about what could be his second state title in as many years.

"We've got some talented players on our team. I think we have a good chance at another championship."

 With the postseason just around the corner, forming a list of college leaders will have to be put on hold again.

 "Me and my daddy have been meaning to do that, but my step-mom has had some surgery so we haven't gotten to it yet.  Now he really wants me to focus on getting another championship so we'll look at it after that." 

While Smith may stop looking at schools for a few weeks, that doesn't mean his college suitors will stop looking at him.  A wide list of schools are currently looking hard at Smith including Kansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisville and UCLA.

Once he does put a list of final schools together, Smith thinks a final decision will come before he begins his senior season at Giles County.  Whenever that decision is made, it's clear that Smith's father will be right there with him helping him narrow down the list.

"I want to do it before the season starts for my senior year. I really don't know though, me and my dad will have to talk about it."

So, what's important in a college program to one of the top small forwards in America?

"Well, I want to get an education, but as far as being away from home, it really wouldn't matter to me where I go so long as I can relate well to the coach and coaching staff.

Plus, I like offenses that are open and run."

While the Jayhawks haven't run the floor as much this year compared to previous seasons, Smith has been watching from afar and still likes what he sees.

"See I like how they run their offense too.  It's nice."

Not only has Smith enjoyed watching some occasional KU games on TV, but the Jayhawks are also his team of choice when playing one his favorite video games:  "March Madness 2004" on X-box.

"In my spare time, I like playing basketball video games, like March Madness.  I play with Kansas for my season."

Other hobbies include hanging out listening to music and watching basketball on television.

"I like listening to music.  My favorites are 50 cent, some other rap and Little John."

As for NBA favorites, Smith has a fine appreciation for Tracy McGrady's game.

"I want to be someone like T-Mac. I don't compare myself to him, but that's how I would want my game to be." 

While McGrady leap-frogged a college career to pursue his NBA dreams right away, it appears Smith is college bound, and Jayhawk fans can only hope his team of choice on his favorite video game, winds up being his school of choice in the real world.

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