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AgSouth Homegrown Athletes of the Year – Sandra Adeleye and Tanner Smith

AgSouth Homegrown Athletes of the Year – Sandra Adeleye and Tanner Smith

April 17, 2012

Volleyball player Tanner Smith were recently named the 2011-12 AgSouth Homegrown Athletes of the Year at Clemson University. The award takes into account performance on the field and in the classroom. The student-athletes were honored prior to the Clemson vs. NC State baseball game on Saturday, April 14.

For three seasons, Adeleye has been the epitome of player development in her time with Clemson. A largely unheralded prospect from Katy, Texas, the now rising senior has made a lasting imprint on the Clemson volleyball program. In three seasons, she has been named to the All-ACC team three times, was named to the AVCA All-Region team three times, and in 2009, was the ITA East Region Rookie of the Year.

A double-major in English and psychology, Adeleye has tallied 1,108 kills in her career while hitting .337 and averaging 3.94 points per set. Defensively, she has averaged 1.04 blocks per set for her career with 349 total rejections. In her three seasons, Clemson has amassed a record of 61-34 and a 34-26 mark in league play, and attended the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

Smith was a four-time member of the All-ACC Academic Team, only the second Clemson men’s basketball player to be named to the team four times. He was a three-year starter who helped the Tigers to three NCAA Tournament appearances during his time with the program. He finished his career with 986 points, 459 rebounds, 320 assists and 159 steals. He played 127 games in his career, with 93 starts. Smith finished his career 11th in Clemson history with 159 steals. Smith earned his undergraduate degree in marketing in December of 2011.

He was a three-time member of the Capital One Academic All-District Team, earning the honor from 2010-12. In 2011-12, he led Clemson in assists per game and was second in scoring. He was the only player in the ACC to average at least 10 points, five rebounds and four steals per game this season.

Click here to see all of the AgSouth Athlete of the Week honorees for the 2011-12 academic year.