Found July 17, 2013 on
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Gophers men's basketball team received good news Wednesday as senior Malik Smith's transfer waiver was approved by the NCAA. That means the former Florida International guard will be eligible to play for Minnesota in the 2013-14 season.
Smith spent his junior year at FIU under coach Richard Pitino, who was hired earlier this year to coach Minnesota after just one year at the helm at Minnesota. In 31 starts for the Golden Panthers last year, Smith scored 14.1 points and grabbed 2.7 rebounds per game.
Smith was eligible to play immediately due to FIU receiving a ban due to low APR numbers. The 6-foot-2 Smith originally signed to play with the Gophers in late May after Pitino was hired. He now brings experience to a Minnesota roster that is otherwise unfamiliar with Pitino's coaching style.
"He's the only one who knows how to play for me," Pitino said Wednesday. "He had a year with me -- a year and a half, really -- when we kind of did ...
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Shooting guard Malik Smith will be able to play for Minnesota this season after coming from Florida International with coach Richard Pitino.
The university announced Wednesday that the NCAA approved a transfer waiver for the 6-foot-2 Smith, who will be a senior. He averaged 14.7 points and 2.7 rebounds last season for FIU while setting a school record with 96 made 3-pointers. He...
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...
MINNEAPOLIS -- After an hour-long practice Tuesday that consisted of a makeshift scrimmage, members of the University of Minnesota men's basketball team were dripping sweat. Many were short of breath.
It's a byproduct of the up-tempo system installed by new coach Richard Pitino, who takes over for Tubby Smith this season. Under Smith, the Gophers employed a slower, half...