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Duquesne adds Nebraska transfer Tarin Smith

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Sophomore guard saw action in all 31 games for the Cornhuskers in 2014

Duquesne head coach Jim Ferry announced today Nebraska transfer Tarin Smith (Ocean Township, N.J./St. Anthony) has signed a financial aid agreement and will be part of the men's basketball program this fall.

A 6-2 guard, Smith was one of only four players to see action in all 31 games for `Huskers last season. He will sit out in 2015-16 per NCAA transfer guidelines and will have three seasons of eligibility at Duquesne.

"Tarin is a great student who comes from a great family," said Ferry. "We recruited him extremely hard out of high school and knew him and his family very, very well. When he announced his decision to transfer, we were very aggressive in pursuing him.

"He is an athletic point guard who has a great feel for the game. He comes from a storied high school program at St. Anthony, where he played for a Hall of Fame coach in Bob Hurley.

"Tarin is going to help us immeasurably with the pending graduation of Derrick Colter and Micah Mason. We're extremely excited to see what he and Rene Castro can do playing together as our backcourt of the future."

Smith, who strongly considered Providence and Ole Miss - along with Duquesne - prior to signing with Nebraska, averaged 4.5 ppg. in 2015. He showed steady improvement, averaging 5.3 ppg. on 48 percent shooting in UN's last nine games. The New Jersey native averaged 7.3 points and shot .643 (9-of-14) in consecutive late-February starts at Maryland, vs. Iowa and at Ohio State.

Smith was a two-year starter at St. Anthony where he helped lead the Friars to a 53-7 record, two sectional titles and state runner-up finishes in 2013 & 2014. An AP all-state performer as a senior, Smith was the only sophomore on the varsity team in 2011-12, when the St. Anthony went 32-0, ranked first nationally and won the Tournament of Champions title as the best team in the state.

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