Hinson: Smithpeters rejoins Salukis

By Tyler Davis

Men’s basketball coach Barry Hinson confirmed in press release that Tyler Smithpeters, a sophomore guard from Harrisburg, is back with the team and will practice.

Smithpeters said he was back from his suspension yesterday. But it was not until today that Tom Weber, the director of media services, sent the press release out stating Hinson said Smithpeters will rejoin practices.

Men’s basketball coach Barry Hinson originally confirmed Smithpeters had been suspended from the team for a “personal matter” Monday.

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Weber said Monday the team was still gathering information and would not comment on the private matters of a player.

Smithpeters averaged 19 minutes and 4.8 points per game for the Saluki last season. He started 12 games and shot nearly 41 percent from three-point range.

Smithpeters started every game of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament last season and had a career-high 16 points in his first start against Missouri State University.

He came to SIU after playing for Harrisburg High School under his father, longtime Coach Randy Smithpeters. Tyler is the second-highest scorer in Harrisburg High School history.

The team won the 2012-13 2A state championship against Seton Hall Academy.

Tyler Davis can be reached at [email protected]on Twitter @TDavis_DE

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