Tyler Smith’s goals for his basketball offseason include continuing to work on skill development.
In the meantime, the incoming Northeastern junior continues to receive Division I offers.
The latest came from IUPUI on Tuesday. Smith also received an offer last week from Ball State.
“I’m just extremely thankful,” Smith said. “I’m just going to continue to be humble about the recruiting.”
Smith averaged 16.4 points and 4.9 assists as a sophomore. Northeastern finished 22-4 and repeated as Tri-Eastern Conference and Class 2A sectional champion.
“We’re going to have another successful year,” Smith said of his upcoming junior campaign. “We have a lot of young kids coming and we’re clicking very well.”
Smith averaged 12 points per game and added 4.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.5 steals his freshman season at point guard for the Knights. That was the season Northeastern ended its sectional and TEC droughts, claiming both championships.
Smith received his offer from Ball State exactly one week prior to the latest from IUPUI — both on a Tuesday.
“Must be a Tuesday thing,” joked Northeastern coach Brent Ross.
“His upside potential is great. … It’s great for the school. It’s great for the basketball program. I think, as a coach, it’s what every one of us want to do. I’m getting to watch all four of my seniors from last year go off to college.”
Northeastern graduated a talented senior class in Craig Dingwerth, Joey Claypoole, Grant Esposito and Tucker Shepherd.
“We want to continue this trend,” Ross said. “Northeastern has been great about embracing that, as well as the community. It’s going to be exciting.”
Like Smith, Ross is excited about what the future holds for Northeastern basketball.
Ross points to the returning, experienced players of Smith, his older brother Robert, DaShawn Hampton and Nate Reynolds as important pieces for the Knights.
“Our whole team … that core has embraced everybody else,” Ross said. “It’s been a really fun summer.”
Smith doesn’t have a timetable on when he might make a decision on his future.
“It’s just a great feeling. I’m extremely thankful that I have all the opportunities that I have,” he said.
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