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Updated: May 15th, 2013 9:29am
Richard Pitino lures FIU's second-leading scorer, Malik Smith, to 'U'

Richard Pitino lures FIU's second-leading scorer, Malik Smith, to 'U'

It appears Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino has lured one of his best players from Florida International University.

Point guard Malik Smith tweeted Tuesday morning, "My decision is final. I'm a Minnesota Gopher baby!!!!! BIG10 here I come!"

Smith averaged 14.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game as a junior last season. He shot just 36.4% from the field, but a respectable 36.2% from three-point range.

According to multiple reports, Smith is eligible to play immediately in 2013.

The Gophers still have two scholarships remaining if reports of Joe Coleman's transfer come to fruition.

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