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Tyler Smithpeters brings spark off Saluki bench

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CARBONDALE -- Over the last five years, the name Tyler Smithpeters has become a household name for Saluki Basketball.

But the 24 year old senior doesn't feel like he's been around for that long.

"Time flies when you're having fun, and I've had fun the past… since I've been here," said Smithpeters.

"Man, Ty's been here for like ten years. But no, he's been here every year since I've been here, and Ty's a great role model, a great mentor. He's helped me in tremendous ways, on and off the court," said SIU junior forward.

In his time with the Salukis, Smithpeters has made a name for himself as an outside shooter, as well as a momentum swinging sixth man.

"You bring a guy off the bench that when he comes off the bench, he gives you a spark, and Tyler has done that for us. He's been real good for us at that. And if we didn't have that, I think it would give us issues," said SIU head coach Barry Hinson.

Recently Smithpeters has found himself in a bit of a hot streak, shooting nearly 50% from three point range, but the Harrisburg product has shown other parts to his game, including attacking the basket.

His rebounding and assists are up too which has been vital for the shorthanded Salukis.

"You know, everyone has been trying to do their part times ten, and Ty's been doing a tremendous job of that. Just trying to feed him the ball as much as possible, and keep him going," said Fletcher.

"Just going into every game with the same mindset of playing hard no matter what. No matter any kind of mistake I make, I just want to play hard," said Smithpeters.

Although his days of wearing the maroon and white are numbered, what's next for Smithpeters is still in question for a man who's family lives and breathes basketball, his father Randy, head coach of the Harrisburg High School boy's team, and brother Kyle, head coach of the John A. Logan men's team.

"Not really, just really focusing on basketball right now, and once the season ends, I'll try to get into more of that," said Smithpeters.

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