Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Did you hear about Ramar Smith!

First day of college basketball's national signing period, spring semester version, for the 2006-07 season.

Today's the day the Southeastern Conference gets a well-earned boost for its shiny showing in the NCAA Tournament.

Only it's not so much Florida that's set to harvest the fruits of its labor.

It's not Kentucky.

It's Tennessee.

Ramar Smith, a highly touted 6-foot-2 guard out of Detroit's Martin Luther King High School, ranked 34th in the nation by Hoop Scoop (if you believe such things) and 30th by Rivals (if you believe such things), promised to wear orange.

That would be Ramar Smith, Duke Crews and Wayne Chism. Crews is a 6-foot-7 forward from Hampton, Va., ranked 14th by Hoop Scoop. Chism is a 6-foot-9 center from Bolvar, Tenn., ranked 61st by Hoop Scoop.

Throw in Marques Johnson, a 6-foot-6 forward from Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Josh Tabb, a 6-foot-3 guard from a Cincinnati prep school. Both are well-regarded.

"It's pretty amazing what Coach Pearl has done," Meyer told the Tennessean.

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