Southern Illinois University men’s basketball coach Barry Hinson went local in landing his latest three recruits.
Tyler Smithpeters, a 6-foot-4 guard who led Harrisburg to Illinois’ Class 2A state championship, signed Friday to play for the Salukis. He averaged 17.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists in earning 2A first-team all-state honors.
“Tyler is very versatile – he handles the ball well, has really good shooting range and is a great passer,” said his father, Harrisburg coach Randy Smithpeters. “He gets just as much satisfaction from assists as scoring.”
The youngest of five children, Tyler is the brother of former Saluki Kyle Smithpeters, a walk-on guard who played for SIU’s 2005 and 2006 NCAA Tournament teams. Kyle is currently head coach at John A. Logan College, just outside Carbondale.
On Friday, Hinson also landed Rend Lake College forward Bronson Verhines and his younger brother, Dawson, who will also transfer from Rend Lake to SIU and join the Salukis as a walk-on.
Bronson, who is 6-7, will be a senior at SIU while Dawson, 6-3, will be a junior.
Bosse product Jalen Pendleton will be a junior at SIU next season. He came on strong the second half of the season.