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Former Vol Tyler Smith to play in Israel

Tyler Smith
Tyler Smith
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The Allegiant Athletic Agency announced this weekend that former Tennessee basketball player, Tyler Smith, has signed a one year deal with the Israeli basketball club, Hapoel Holon.

The 6-foot-7 forward spent last season with the German team, BBC Bayreuth. Smith appeared in 32 games and posted an average of 6.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while playing for BBC Bayreuth.

Smith was born in Pulaski, TN and was a hoops star at Giles County High School. He scored 26 points-per-game in his senior season and was awarded the title of Tennessee Mr. Basketball in 2005.

Following his illustrious high school career, Smith initially signed with the Iowa Hawkeyes where he started 29 games and was named to the All-Big Ten Third Team and the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.

After completing his freshman season in 2006-2007 at Iowa he transferred to UT to be closer to his ailing father

While at UT Smith averaged 14.2 points and 5.7 rebounds in 2 ½ seasons.

Smith was arrested on weapons and marijuana possession charges on January 1st 2010, and was ultimately dismissed from the team as a result. He declared himself eligible for the 2010 NBA Draft, but was not selected.


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