Found July 19, 2013 on Fox Sports North:
MINNEAPOLIS -- It's a few minutes into a mid-July basketball scrimmage on the University of Minnesota campus, and one Gophers voice rises above the rest. It's not junior point guard Andre Hollins, Minnesota's leading scorer from a year ago. Nor is it senior Austin Hollins; he's more of the lead-by-example type. Instead, the boisterous guard is a newcomer, one who has yet to play a game in a Minnesota uniform. Malik Smith has already proven to be a vocal leader for the Gophers despite still getting a feel for his new teammates. The biggest reason? He knows the new coach better than the other players. Smith played for new Minnesota coach Richard Pitino during Pitino's one and only season at Florida International. When Pitino made the leap to the Big Ten, Smith followed not long after. Now that they're reunited, Smith is helping bridge the gap between Pitino and his new team. "I think it helps them as players more than it helps me as a coach, because now th...
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