One of the day’s top performances came from Hargave’s 6-7 wing man Tyler Smith, who was a beast on the offensive boards (11 rebounds), ran the floor, and had his way on the baseline en route to 32 points (10-18 FG, 12-15 FT) and 15 rebounds in 38 minutes. Smith did it all game, including a couple back-breaking scores in the final minutes sealed the Hargrave victory.
Just as Memphis’ John Calipari was the lone head coach of the highest of the high majors who showed at the National Prep Tip Off in November, University of Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith took the task at the Hall of Fame Classic, but he was joined by the top twenty-five rated Iowa Hawkeye’s Head Coach Steve Alford along with Massachusetts Head Coach Travis Ford for the highly contested nightcap.
Staying late was worth it, for Smith who was the prime available target at the Hall of Fame Classic and didn’t disappoint.
Tyler Smith informed Hoopmasters after his big performance that Kentucky, Iowa, Memphis and Pittsburgh are his final four. Smith said he’s been to Iowa and Pittsburgh, will hit Memphis on 1/27, and is in the works of setting something up for Lexington.