Malik Smith Will Not Disappoint For the Minnesota Golden Gophers

By Trevor Lowry
Malik Smith
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Malik Smith may not be the biggest name in college basketball, but he is still a talented player that will not disappoint for the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the upcoming season.

It helps that he is in the perfect situation. Richard Pitino was the former head coach at Florida International, which is also where Smith played last season. Not to mention, this program will have a completely new identity in the 2013-14 season and Smith should be one of the key ingredients to it.

Smith averaged 14.1 points per game last season. He shot 36.4 percent from the field and 36.2 percent from behind the arc. His 96 made threes on the season were great and that kind of production for Minnesota is very much needed since the team will be losing quite a bit of players.

For losing so much talent, the Golden Gophers will still have a very good backcourt. Andre Hollins should lead the team in scoring once again and Austin Hollins is also returning. He was the second leading scorer on the team. Add in Smith and you have three guards that could help lead this team to victory in a very good Big Ten Conference.

I do not expect Minnesota to win a conference title or anything like that in the upcoming season, but if Smith does not disappoint, the Golden Gophers could be a surprise team. At the very least, they will have a solid backcourt that will give many teams some problems.

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