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February 15, 2014

Tarin Smith Still On the Market

By: Pat Lawless Publisher

Tarin Smith, Class of 2014 point guard of St. Anthony's (NJ), remains unsigned going into the latter part of his senior year. Smith currently holds offers from Duquesne, Fordham, Ole Miss, Boston University and Delaware. He is receiving more interest from other programs that may offer soon as well. He caught up with GNGB and talked about the recruitment process and more. 

Smith described his game for

"I think I am an all around player," he said. "I can shoot it pretty well and I like to get others involved. I try to be a leader on and off the court and do what the team needs in order to be successful."

College coaches have told him what type of role he will play on their team.

"Most coaches tell me that they want me to be a leader on the team," he told GNGB. "Some also tell me I'll be there to run the show or to get others involved. There are two things they basically tell me. One is to be a mentor guard or to step off the ball at times and play the two." 

He plays for the very successful, St. Anthony's. He likes how the season has gone so far.

"I think the season has gone pretty well so far," said Smith. "We are a young team and knew we had some holes to fill. I am the returning starter so some people had to step up. We've had a couple of tough losses but, I like this team. We are talented and just need to put it all together. Playing for Coach Hurley is such an honor. He is a great coach and has taught me so much. He really gets the best out of me everyday, so I like being here. Our goal for the rest of the year is to win a state championship. and the Tournament of Champions."

Tarin also plays for Team Sports U Izod. He appreciates how much they have helped him with his game. 

"I really liked playing for Sports U," he said. "You play against top competition and with very talented players. It helped me play with top talent and how to pick out my spots. Coach Bright does a lot to help us, so it was a great experience."

The recruitment process has been a good experience for Smith.

"The recruitment process has been pretty crazy at times," he said. "It's really a blessing to have the opportunity to play on the next level. A lot more bigger schools are starting to call me now so it's been a good process."

The senior point guard talked about each school he holds an offer from.

Ole Miss- "It's an honor to get an offer from them," he said. "I mean the SEC is a great conference. They called my Dad and then he told me so I was excited to receive an offer from them. 

Fordham- "Fordham has a great program," he said. "They play in the Bronx, which is close by. They are a good academic school. They play in the A-10, which I think is one of the best conferences in the nation. Fordham was a good offer for me."

Delaware- "Delaware offered me a very long time ago," he said. "They were one of the first to offer and they have been really good to me. They understood that I wanted to wait a little bit with the whole process. Coach Martelli is a great coach and my official was up there a while ago. I really liked the campus and the coaching staff. Their program is doing great this year so I'm happy to see that." 

Boston University- "Coach Jones is a great guy," he said. "He is very energetic and a great coach. They offered me a while ago also. They are doing well right now and my teammate, Cheddi Mosely, is going there. It'd be cool to play with him on the next level as well."

Duquesne- "I like Duquesne," he said. "They offered me the same day Ole Miss did. They saw me play at The Hoophall Classic, so it was cool to receive an offer from them. They play in the A-10 and I consider that conference a High-Major. Some may consider them a Mid-Major but, I think they are a High-Major conference."

Smith is looking for certain aspects in a school before he makes his decision.

"I'm looking for a family atmosphere," said Smith. "I'm looking for a program that has a coach that will push me to get better everyday and a team that will have the chance to be successful."

He doesn't have any visits planned yet. 

"I don't have any visits planned," he told GNGB. "I'm waiting to see who offers and I'll take it from there. Nebraska is coming to see me play soon also. I just want to see who get involved before I make any decisions."

Nebraska, Creighton, Providence and FIU are schools that are showing interest in him and may offer him sometime soon. He doesn't have a timeline on when he will make his decision.

"I don't have a timeline right now," I want to make a decision sooner then later but, I don't have a timeline yet."

It's going to be a lot of fun tracking the rest of Smith's high school season and recruitment process. Whoever receives a commitment from Tarin will get a talented player and a leader on and off the court. 

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