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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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OVC Ball
Predicting the OVC race…in mid-December

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVCOverall

EAST

Belmont8-014-4
Morehead State6-310-12
Tennessee Tech5-39-14
Jacksonville State5-413-11
Tennessee State4-413-8
Eastern Kentucky2-69-14

WEST

UT Martin5-315-8
Murray State5-311-11
SEMO5-310-13
Austin Peay3-57-15
Eastern Illinois1-79-12
SIUE0-85-17
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