Jan. 3, 2007
Smith, who tried to come back from preseason surgery on his left big toe, has averaged 7.8 points, 3.0 assists and 2.3 rebounds in four games this season. He did not play in Houston's game at Kentucky earlier tonight.
"Lanny came up to me just before the game and told me he had decided to shut it down the rest of the year," Penders said. "He is a preseason (Conference USA) selection and made a valiant attempt to try and play this year. He has not been able to practice the past couple of days because of the pain, even though we were just shooting most of the time."
Smith came to his decision after debating back and forth whether he should play this year.
"My doctor told me when he evaluated it at the beginning of the season that he didn't think I could play this year," Smith said. "I guess I was hard-headed and thought if I could work hard enough then I could play.
"Oliver (Lafayette), Jahmar (Thorpe) and I are seniors and we worked really hard last summer. We wanted to go out with a great year this season. It has been really hard to sit and watch my guys play, especially in a game like tonight when it was really close and I thought I could help them. But, after the past couple of days, I feel that it is best for me and best for the team that I try to fully recover and come back strong next year."