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December 12, 1997

Deas Returns To FSU Men's Basketball Team

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State sophomore guard Devonaire Deas has regained his basketball eligibility following the completion of the fall semester and has been reinstated to the team.

"We are glad that Devonaire has been able to get his academics in order and are happy to have him back with us," said Florida State head coach Steve Robinson. "Now we need to try to get him ready for the remainder of the season as quickly as possible."

Deas was ruled academically ineligible for the fall semester at the conclusion of last spring's term. The Albany, NY native appeared in 30 games and started three as a freshman last year. He averaged 2.5 points and 2.1 assists in 10.6 minutes per game.

Deas will travel with the 15th ranked Seminoles (6-1) to Orlando on Saturday as they prepare for Sunday's meeting with Florida in the Milk Challenge in the Orlando Arena. Tipoff for the game is 4:00 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast live on Sunshine Network.

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