Blue Ribbon tabs Hoop Vols No. 10

The Tennessee basketball team occupies the No. 10 spot in the 2009-10 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook's preseason national rankings.

The publication also named Volunteers senior Tyler Smith as a third-team preseason All-America and a first-team All-Southeastern Conference pick.

A 6-7 guard/forward from Pulaski, Tenn., Smith is UT's leading returning scorer (17.4 ppg), free-throw shooter (.766) and assists man (3.4 apg) from 2008-09. The SEC head coaches have selected Smith as a back-to-back first-team All-SEC performer, and he has been included on the list of candidates for the John R. Wooden Trophy each of the last two seasons as well.

Smith is one of seven returning upperclassmen lettermen from last year's Tennessee team, which won the SEC Eastern Division, finished with a 21-13 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

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