Smith leaving UPEI after academic year

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Panthers basketball team continuing to recruit in wake of leading scorer's decision

Deontay (D.J) Smith will not being returning to the UPEI Panthers men’s basketball team next season.

The 2012-13 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) rookie of the year made the decision not to return.

“I wish him the best of luck,” coach Tim Kendrick told The Guardian on Sunday. “I love the kid. I hope everything goes well for him.”

It was not immediately known what Smith, a six-foot guard from North Preston, N.S., intends to do or why he would not be returning.

Smith led the Panthers in scoring at 15.6 while shooting 37 per cent from the field this year. He led UPEI in assists per game (3.6), steals per game (2) and was second in rebounds per game at 5.9.

Smith had played for Kendrick on the Nova Scotia Canada Games team that won silver in 2009 in Summerside.

The Panthers have already announced the additions of Tyler Scott, Bradley States and Kenan Wilkie for the upcoming season.

Panthers guard Joe Kendrick is out of eligibility while it was expected forward Aaron Robbins would not be returning after graduation.

Kendrick said there might be news in the near future about other additions as the program is constantly getting players interested in coming to UPEI.

Organizations: Panthers, Nova Scotia Canada Games

Geographic location: North Preston, Summerside

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