Eastern Illinois announces the addition of well-traveled guard Reggie Smith

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The current climate of college basketball when it comes to transfers isn’t the most stable one, as more than 400 players have decided to switch schools.

One of those is Reggie Smith, who originally began his college career at Marquette before moving on to UNLV.

After sitting out one year in Las Vegas and playing 20 games last season, the Chicago native decided that UNLV wasn’t the best place for him.

Smith will now attend Eastern Illinois, where he will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2012-13 campaign.

“Reggie has played at the highest level of college basketball,” said head coach Jay Spoonhour in a statement released by the school.

“He is an explosive player who will give our team some real speed and athleticism at the guard.”

In 20 games for UNLV last season Smith averaged six minutes and 2.5 points per game, shooting 40.5% from the field and 47.1% from beyond the arc.

An all-state selection in both his junior and senior seasons of high school basketball, Smith hasn’t been able to find consistent playing time at either of his first two stops.

That shouldn’t be an issue at EIU, where Spoonhour is beginning his first season at the helm after spending the last three seasons as head coach at Moberly Area Community College.

EIU finished 12-17 last season, winning just five games in OVC play and finishing tenth in the conference standings.

With the addition of Belmont and the OVC going to divisional play (EIU is in the West, which also includes Austin Peay, Murray State, SIU-Edwardsville, Southeast Missouri State and Tennessee-Martin), Eastern Illinois needed talent especially with two of their top three scorers leaving the program.

If Smith can remain satisfied with his role the Panthers should be able to reap the benefits in 2013-14.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Colorado’s Tory Miller reprimanded by Pac-12 after biting opponent

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Colorado sophomore forward Tory Miller has been reprimanded by the Pac-12 and he also apologized for biting Air Force’s Hayden Graham earlier this week.

During Colorado’s win over Air Force on Wednesday, Miller was assessed a Flagrant 2 Dead Ball Technical Foul and ejected with 12:25 left in the second half after biting Graham during a loose ball.

In a release from the Pac-12, they announced reprimanding Miller, but he will not be suspended.

“All of our student-athletes must adhere to the Pac-12’s Standards of Conduct and Sportsman-ship,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in the release. “Regardless of Mr. Miller’s frustration and emotion, such behavior is unacceptable and he is being appropriately reprimanded.”

Miller also released his apology in the same release.

“I would like to apologize for my actions during the Air Force game. I would like to apologize to Hayden Graham, Air Force, my teammates and fans. It was a heat of the moment thing. I’m an emotional player, but I let my emotions get the best of me. I will use this as a learning experience and focus on helping my teammates and respecting my opponents for the rest of the season and beyond,” Miller said.

For Miller to not be suspended for this is good news for him and Colorado since he won’t miss any additional action, but did the Pac-12 make the right decision on this?


Michigan State’s Tum Tum Nairn battling foot injury

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Michigan State has climbed on the back of star senior wing Denzel Valentine early in the season but they’ll undoubtedly need more help as the season goes on if they want to sustain their current top-5 ranking. One of the keys to the Spartans could be the on-going health of sophomore point guard Lourawls ‘Tum Tum’ Nairn, who is battling a foot injury.

According to a report from Kyle Austin of MLive.com, Nairn has been putting on a protective boot the last few months to help battle plantar fasciitis as the guard has been playing in practices and hasn’t had his minutes reduced in games.

The injury looked like it was hurting Nairn’s early-season play, but he’s been very good in two games at the Wooden Legacy in California this week, so it could be that he’s getting more used to playing through the pain of the injury.

If Nairn is healthy and capable of contributing, he’s a huge boost to Michigan State because he’s one of the fastest players in college basketball and an additional ball handler on the floor. Through six games so far this season, Nairn is averaging 5.3 points and 4.7 assists per game as he’s been one of the team’s best distributors.

Plantar fasciitis can be a tough injury to fight through, so we’ll have to see if this affects Nairn as the season goes along.