Biography: Smith was a leader on the court for Tennessee for the past 2 1/2 seasons, but some character issues and off-the-court trouble will likely leave him out of the NBA. Volunteers coach Bruce Pearl dismissed Smith from the team Jan. 8, a week after his arrest with three other players on misdemeanor gun and drug charges. The forward pleaded guilty Feb. 12 to possession of a firearm and possession of firearm with altered serial number, getting sentenced to two years of judicial diversion. Smith was the only player kicked off the team. The two-time All-SEC player averaged a team-high 17.4 points in 2008-09 and provided energy when his teammates struggled with their play. Smith started the first 12 games of 2009-10, averaging 11.7 points and 4.7 rebounds. He was leading the team with 44 assists and had 17 steals. In early March, Smith signed a two-month contract to play for Bornova in the Turkish Basketball League hoping to make some money and hone his skills in advance for June's draft. Smith, who played at Iowa as a freshman before transferring to Tennessee to be near his ill father, considered skipping his final year of eligibility to enter last year's draft but decided against it when analysts failed to project him as a first-round pick. The arrest and questions surrounding his maturity probably won't help his draft stock for this June.
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