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DeVille Smith back in class Monday with no set return date to Mississippi State team


Matt Stevens


STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State freshman point guard DeVille Smith has rejoined classes on the Starkville campus after being hospitalized for unknown medical issues. 


The freshman point guard from Jackson, who is 5.4 points and 2.4 assists per game in the 2011-12 season, has experienced two separate bouts of headaches and dizziness this season that required a hospital trip.  


MSU coach Rick Stansbury confirmed the news during his Southeastern Conference media teleconference Monday morning but was obviously prepared to talk about a timetable that Smith could return to the basketball team.  


"Right now I'm not even concerned about the basketball part of it," Stansbury said. "That's not even a concern, when he'll play. I have no idea when that'll happen. We'll just have to wait and see." 


Smith has not seen game action since playing seven minutes at Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford during MSU's 75-68 loss to Ole Miss on Jan. 18. The return game between the two teams will be this Thursday night as the Rebels come to Starkville (6:30 p.m., ESPN2).  


The Dispatch MSU Sports Blog will hear more from Stansbury and selected players today at the team's media availability later this afternoon. 




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