After not qualifying for the University of Tennessee just one year ago, Tyler Smith is back on the recruiting trail, trying to find the new perfect fit. He's taken two official visits - to Pittsburgh on November 5th and Iowa on December 12th - but still remains open for the most part.
"The visit (to Pittsburgh) was pretty good," said Smith. "I liked it. The players were real down to earth and easy to get along with. Carl Krauser, he was my host and he showed me around, he's a pretty cool guy. I think, ya know, they've got a good thing going at Pitt."
Since his visit to Pittsburgh, he recently took in Iowa and is planning on taking some additional visits. He's publically stated his desire to take a visit to Memphis and Arkansas, which would help him decide.
"I've been to Charlotte for an unofficial, so I don't know if I'll take an official. I wanted to wait to decide late, so I could take it slow when picking out my visits."
Pittsburgh remains in steady contention in Smith's top schools, along with Iowa, Arkansas, Memphis and Charlotte.
The Panthers best hope is to sell playing time at the shooting guard position. Double-duty guard Carl Krauser will be leaving at season's end and upper classman Mike Cook, Marcus Bowman, Antonio Graves and Charles Small will all be seniors next season. Although Scout.com's 18th ranked shooting guard, Gilbert Brown will be heading to Pitt next season, the opportunity to play alongside Brown as a swing guard is there.
According to Hargrave coach, Kevin Keatts, playing time and opportunity is essentially what Smith needs.
"Tyler's doing well," Keatts said. "I think the opportunity to play and finding somewhere that's going to help him continue to develop is important to him. He just needs a good opportunity to play."
According to his coach, the sky is the limit for Smith's development in the right situation.
"He's super athletic and he's starting to knock down the open jump shot," Keatts said. "He's making it more and more everyday and getting a little more consistent with it. We work on it every day with a lot of form shooting. He's a gym rat. He works on his game."
According to Smith, the ability to knock down that shot my determine where he plays at the next level. Already a natural at creating shots for himself, the 6-foot-6 swing man could be lethal once he's firmly polished.
"I see myself as either a 2 guard or a 3," Smith said. "I need to work on my shot to make it as good as my cutting and slashing game. I am really strong getting to the rack. It is the best part of my game right now."
Note: Quotes from previous interviews were used in this report, as well as previous stories on the Scout.com network.