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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.

 


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Compiling all OVC non-conference games

2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11


2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall

EAST

Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19

WEST

UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24


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