Tanner Smith announces pro retirement, joins Rick Ray's staff at Mississippi State

Former Clemson standout played two years as a professional in the Netherlands and Germany

Men's Basketball - Tanner Smith

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Men's Basketball - Tanner Smith

Tanner Smith believes it's to turn the page and get on with his chosen profession.

The former Clemson wing forward announced his retirement from pro basketball on Sunday via his Twitter and Facebook pages, stating his intention to begin his coaching career as a member of former Tiger assistant coach Rick Ray's staff at Mississippi State.

"After playing for 20 years, I have decided to retire from basketball. It hasn't been an easy decision, but God has called me to begin my coaching career," Smith wrote on Facebook. "This calling has led me to Mississippi State where my passion for people and for basketball will meet hand in hand.

"I want to thank all of you for your support and love through the years."

Smith will continue to direct his Tanner's Totes non-profit, which provides care packages and support for children with cancer.

Since graduating from Clemson, Smith has played two seasons of pro basketball in Europe - his first year with Landstede Basketbal of the Netherlands, where he claimed Dutch League All-Star honors, and his second with MHP Risen Lugwigsburg in Germany.

At Clemson, Smith was one of just a handful of four-time All-ACC Academic selections. As a senior in 2011-12, he was the only player in the ACC to average at least 10 points, five rebounds and four assists per game.

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