Forward to return to Tennessee for junior season

Updated: April 24, 2008, 4:23 PM ET
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tyler Smith is returning to Tennessee for his junior season, hoping to improve his NBA draft prospects for next year.

The 6-foot-7 forward scored 13.5 points a game and led the 31-win Volunteers in rebounds and assists last season. Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl said Smith would have faced tough competition in the draft against 38 other underclassmen.

"I have come to the conclusion that I want to be a Volunteer next year," Smith said. "Coming back wasn't really a big ...

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