Ex-Clemson player Tanner Smith to join coaching staff at Mississippi State

Anderson Independent MailJune 3, 2014 

Tanner Smith believes it is time turn a page in his basketball career.

The former Clemson wing forward announced his retirement from pro basketball via his Twitter and Facebook pages, stating his intention to begin his coaching career at Mississippi State as a staff member for former Tiger assistant coach Rick Ray.

“After playing for 20 years, I have decided to retire from basketball. It hasn’t been an easy decision, but God has called me to begin my coaching career,” Smith wrote on Facebook. “This calling has led me to Mississippi State, where my passion for people and for basketball will meet hand in hand.

“I want to thank all of you for your support and love through the years.”

Smith will continue to direct his Tanner’s Totes non-profit, which provides care packages and support for children with cancer.

Since graduating from Clemson, Smith has played two seasons of pro basketball in Europe – his first year with Landstede Basketbal of the Netherlands, where he claimed Dutch League All-Star honors, and his second with MHP Risen Lugwigsburg in Germany.

As a Clemson senior in 2011-12, he was the only player in the ACC to average at least 10 points, five rebounds and four assists per game. He was one of a handful of four-time All-ACC academic selections.

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