NBA G League colleague: Turner a ‘spectacular hire’

By Tom Wood

Few people in Nashville know Vanderbilt athletics director Malcolm Turner as well as Donelson resident Tommy Smith.

That will quickly change, and both Vanderbilt and Nashville will be better for it, says Smith, who was Turner’s right-hand man as vice president of operations at the NBA G League.

“I think that Vanderbilt made a spectacular hire,” says Smith, who was an assistant basketball coach at Middle Tennessee State and a head coach at both Cumberland University and the minor league Music City Jammers.

“He’s a very educated man, but he’s highly smart and he’s got great temperament, and his decision-making ability is terrific in terms of process, timeliness and thoughtfulness

“And (Turner) is just a really, really good guy. I selfishly am just thrilled for Vanderbilt and Nashville for having Malcolm and his wife Jessica here in town. They’ll be a great addition.”

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