Tyler Smith Named adidas Camp Co-MVP

Tyler Smith provided a pointed reminder as to why his future is of vital interest to the Tennessee Vols, when he captured co MVP honors at the adidas Superstar Camp held in Georgia this weekend.

Smith, a sleek 6-foot-7 small forward from Giles County High School in Pulaski, Tenn., scored 16 points and pulled down three rebounds at the camp on Saturday to earn the recognition. Rated No. 9 among the nation's small forwards in the Class 2005, Smith averaged 22 points per game as a junior to earn all-state honors.

He shared the camp MVP award with Christian Brothers Academy (New York) point guard Greg Palus, who had 12 points, five assists and four steals.

Smith might be UT's MVP (Most Valuable Prospect) considering he's an in-state talent that Buzz Peterson and staff have been working on for the last couple of years. The Vols missed out on big-time Tennessee talent Corey Brewer, of Portland, who signed with Florida last year.

However, UT might be in stronger standing with Smith who rates Tennessee, Kansas and North Carolina as his top three schools. He's expected to sign with one of his favorites in November. In the meantime, he's refining this shooting skills with the aim of diversifying his already impressive game.

"I've been working on my shot, my mid-range jumper," Smith told the Insiders Ben Sylvan. "I'm still more of a slasher. I like to finish at the basket."

An athletic wing forward with great elevation, Smith scored several baskets off dunks at the adidas Camp. He first arrived on the national hardwood scene in 2002 at the ABCD Camp at which he was named an all-star. Smith finished second to Brewer for the Class AA Mr. Basketball as a junior.

Tennessee is probably considered a favorite for Smith's signature, but North Carolina has made up a lot of ground and Kansas is a strong contender. Florida, UCLA, Alabama and Vanderbilt are among the schools to extend scholarship offers.

Editor's Note: An indepth feature on Tyler Smith is in the latest edition of Rocky Top News Magazine.

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