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Vols Best Hoopster to Return

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee forward Tyler Smith says he
will withdraw his name from consideration for the NBA draft and
return for his senior season with the Volunteers.

Smith said at a news conference in Knoxville on Thursday that he
reached the decision after talking with his family, coaches and
teammates. He says he thinks the Vols have "a great chance to have
something special" next year.

In his two seasons at Tennessee, Smith has never missed a game
and has averaged 15.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists. The
Tennessee native led the Vols in scoring, assists and free-throw
percentage last year.

Coach Bruce Pearl says Smith had several impressive workouts but
wasn't a first-round NBA lock.


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