Saturday , Jan , 15 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Penn State guard to miss remainder of season

State College, PA (Sports Network) – Marlon Smith, the starting guard on Penn
State’s basketball team, is expected to miss the remainder of the season after
being diagnosed with a partial blockage of an artery in his brain, the
university announced Saturday.

Smith collapsed in practice last week and complained of weakness in his
extremities before being taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center where he was
diagnosed with the blockage.

The 6-foot sophomore will be on a blood thinner for three months, preventing
him from playing any contact sport.

It remained unclear when Smith might return to play, although Dr. Wayne
Sebastianelli, Penn State’s director of athletic medicine, said the condition
was not life-threatening.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their concern and support,” Smith said. “I
feel good and I just feel blessed to be back with the guys.”

Smith was averaging 11.8 points per game and had a team-best .737 free throw
percentage, 36 assists and 14 steals on the season.