Former Clemson standout Tanner Smith will join the Mississippi State men's basketball coaching staff as a graduate assistant a team spokesperson confirmed on Monday.
Smith played under Bulldog head coach Rick Ray during his senior year from 2011-12 at Clemson.Â
In two professional seasons in Europe, Smith earned All-Star honors in 2013 in the Landsteade Basketball league in the Netherlands.Â
Smith announced his retirement from professional basketball on Twitter Sunday. He tweeted "After 20 years playing the game I love, I have decided to retire. I will start my coaching career at Mississippi State in the fall. #blessed."
Smith earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic honors all four years while at Clemson. He had a good senior season, being the only player in the league to average at least 10 points, five rebounds and four assists per game.
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