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Malik Smith transfers from FIU, follows Richard Pitino to Minnesota

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Richard Pitino's move to Minnesota has paid off in the form of an incoming transfer. Malik Smith, a guard who averaged 14.1 points last season under Pitino at Florida International, has been approved to move with his coach to the Golden Gophers.

Smith, who will be a senior, will not have to sit next season due to the fact FIU is facing postseason bans due to bad APR numbers dating back to Isiah Thomas' time as coach of the Panthers. Smith made three 3-pointers per game, becoming one of the most reliable deep threats in the nation.

Minnesota was a middle-of-the-pack 3-point shooting team last season, making 33.7 percent of its 3s.

Malik's arrival dovetails with incoming Golden Gophers guards Deandre Mathieu and Daquan McNeil coming to Minnesota.

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