Tyler Smith, a 6-2, 195-pound point guard from Laurel, Maryland, will take an official visit to DePaul on September 20th. Baltimore Select coach Jeff Bowden added, "We're also trying to set up visits for UNC-Charlotte, UCONN, Georgetown and Pitt at this time."
Smith, who was the Baltimore Sun's Player of the Year last season at undefeated Frederick Douglas High School, earlier told Rivals Hoops that Georgetown and Charlotte had offered scholarships. Marquette is still in the current mix of schools that Smith is looking at. He previously had been considering Cincinnati, UMass, Providence and James Madison.
Smith led the Baltimore area in scoring last season with 28.1 points per game with 27 double-digit games and averaged 5.0 assists and 4.9 steals for the City and State Class 3A champions. He shot 59 percent from the field and 45 percent from behind the arc.
Smith, who will use a year at a prep school to complete his academic requirements, was originally headed to West Nottingham Academy in Northeast Maryland. Now he's choosing from among Mt. Zion Christian Academy and Laurinburg Institute, both in North Carolina, and Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia.
In other Baltimore Select news, Jeff's twin brother, Paul, who had been leading the Bowden brothers effort with this club program, is now an Assistant Athletic Director of Hampton University, his alma mater. Paul is definitely one of the good guys in the AAU circuit; we wish him the best.
And with Jeff and brother Scott and Keith Goodie still on the job, the Select program is unlikely to lose a step. Baltimore Select is next scheduled to compete in the Charlie Weber Invitational at the University of Maryland the first weekend in October.