Andrew Smith Cleared To Practice

Andrew Smith Cleared To Practice
Senior Andrew Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Senior Andrew Smith, who suffered an injury in Butler's 59-56 victory at George Washington on Feb. 9 and missed the Bulldogs' home game against Charlotte, was re-evaluated on Friday (Feb. 15) and has been cleared to practice.  He will work out with the team in preparation for Saturday's game at Fordham.

"Andrew has progressed more quickly than expected," said Butler head coach Brad Stevens.  "Whether or not he'll play at Fordham will be a game day decision."  

Smith was injured during a scramble for a loose ball in the Atlantic 10 Conference game at George Washington.  He continued to play, but later indicated discomfort to the Butler athletic training staff.  Further examination revealed the need for medical treatment.

Smith, who had six points and five rebounds, before fouling out in the Bulldogs' win at George Washington, is Butler's second-leading scorer (11.4 ppg) and rebounder (5.4 rpg).  The 6-11 center became the 34th Butler player to score 1,000 career points in Butler's win over Rhode Island on Feb. 2, and he currently stands 32nd on the school's all-time scoring list.  He has started 91 of Butler's last 94 games, including both games at the 2011 Final Four.