Amber Smith will return next year

Amber Smith has been cleared to play officially, but Kentucky’s senior point guard has opted to sit out the remainder of the season and return next season.
“The best decision is for her to come back,” Coach Matthew Mitchell said on Friday. “She’s six months out (from the injury) and doing great, but not anywhere close to playing.”
There are only five games left UK’s regular season and it didn’t make sense for her to waste a year of eligibility like that, the coach said.
Smith tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in late July.

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Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at
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One Response to Amber Smith will return next year

  1. Jane and Jane says:

    We are SOOOOOOOOOOO thrilled that all UK HOOPS fans will have the opportunity to see Amber play next year. We have enjoyed watching her play and (this season) watching her “coach” from the bench. With her skill, ahtleticism, drive, and heart, there is absolutely no doubt that Amber will be a success when she leaves UK. We are just thrilled that it won’t be for another year.

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