Tuesday , Jun , 21 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Smith to remain at La Salle

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – La Salle forward Steven Smith announced
that he will return for his final season of eligibility at a Tuesday afternoon
press conference.

Smith, the Atlantic 10 Conference’s Co-Player of the year in 2004-05, withdrew
his name from the 2005 NBA early entry draft. Tuesday marked the final day for
underclassmen who have not hired an agent to pull out of the draft.

He was projected as either a late first-round or early second-round pick.

“Steve has chosen to elevate his status in next year’s draft and dedicate
himself to being the best player in college basketball. These are very
exciting and realistic goals. They put Steve in a strong position to enjoy a
long and rewarding NBA career,” said La Salle head coach John Giannini.

Smith led the A-10 in scoring last season with 20.3 points per game and was
third in the conference in rebounding with 8.5 boards per contest.