The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
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  • Recovering from stress fracture, Smithpeters excited about signing with SIU
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  • Tyler Smithpeters is long and lanky.
    The long part doesn't bother him. The lanky part however, he knows, will be a concern.
    Harrisburg's 6-foot-4, 178-pound guard signed his Letter of Intent with Southern Illinois University recently and admitted that putting on weight is now priority No. 1.
    "Honestly, I don't know how I'm not fat to tell you the truth. I haven't done anything, really in about a month because of my foot. Maybe it's just genetics."
    Smithpeters chipped a bone in his foot of the IHSA Class 2A Super Sectional against Teutopolis at the SIU Arena. Despite the injury, Smithpeters played through the pain, scoring 23 points and helped lead the Bulldogs to the schools first ever state championship when they knocked off Seton Academy in Peoria.
    In addition to packing on some pounds, Smithpeters also addresses the deficiency in his defense.
    "I slack a little bit at times, I'm not going to lie. That's one of the bigger things I need to work on. I think just getting quicker is another one."
    In his pursuit to bulk up, Smithpeters has enlisted the help of former Bulldog standout Josh Allen.
    Josh has helped me out a lot," Smithpeters said. "We used to go in the morning before school about 6 a.m. and then we stopped for a while. Now, I'm just trying to get back into it.”
    Smithpeters, the leading scorer for Harrisburg this season and in southern Illinois averaged 17.5 points per game, 4.7 rebounds a 4.5 assist.
    Smithpeters shot 40 percent from 3-point range this season and if he chooses not to redshirt, could help the Salukis who struggled with the long ball, as SIU shot just 32 percent from beyond the arc.
    Kyle Smithpeters played two seasons for the Salukis after transferring from Southeastern Illinois Community College and said his relationship with Kyle and the familiarity with SIU made it seem like the right fit.
    "They're the hometown team," Tyler said of SIU. "Kyle played for them and I'm not going to lie, Kyle is probably my favorite brother out of all of them. It just felt comfortable and was close to home."
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