The Tennessee Basketball Vols don't see Iowa transfer Tyler Smith as an intruder destined to crack their lineup. They see him as the last piece of a puzzle that could help them crack the Final Four.
When Pulaski's Tyler Smith signed a University of Tennessee basketball scholarship with Buzz Peterson in November of 2004 – only to wind up attending Hargrave Military – all sorts of explanations surfaced.
Gaining the services of blue chip basketball talent the caliber of J.P. Prince and Tyler Smith proves two great seasons are worth a thousand words of the most impassioned recruiting pitch.
The University of Tennessee basketball outlook just keeps getting brighter and brighter. The NCAA has granted a waiver to University of Iowa transfer Tyler Smith, making him eligible for the upcoming 2007-08 season.
You couldn't have imagined this scene two years ago, not after the way Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl wouldn't release Tyler Smith. Not after Smith's father, Billy, ripped Pearl publicly. Not after Smith eventually signed with Iowa.
News that Tyler Smith has been accepted for enrollment at the University of Tennessee is clearly a slam dunk for the Vol basketball program. Adding a 6-foot-7, 220-pounder with his skill level is a real plus.
Tyler Smith's circuitous route to the University of Tennessee basketball program has been completed. Thirty-one months after signing with the Volunteers in November of 2004, he has been admitted to the university.
Another obstacle in Tyler Smith's long-awaited introduction into the University of Tennessee basketball program has been overcome. Billy Smith has given his blessing for his son to join the Volunteers.