He followed his former assistant coach to Martin, and now senior guard Deville Smith will play at his fourth school in four years. According to College Basketball Talk, Smith has received a waiver and will be eligible to play for Tennessee-Martin immediately.
Smith’s whirlwind college tour began at Mississippi State. He played a junior college as a sophomore, then landed at UNLV last year, where he averaged 9.7 points and started 18 games. Now, Smith’s at Martin, joining a backcourt that will likely feature JuCo all-american Alex Anderson.
“I’m happy for Deville,” head coach Heath Schroyer said in a statement released to the website. “He has had to overcome a lot of adversity in his life and it’s always nice to see something good happen to a good kid.”
UT Martin is looking to rebound from a 8-23 season, the led to UT Martin missing the OVC Tournament and the firing of head coach Jason James after five seasons with the program.