LAS VEGAS — UNLV officials confirm that UConn transfer Roscoe Smith has committed to play for UNLV. This comes just a few weeks after UNLV landed Anthony Bennett. Some say that the Rebels have one of the best recruiting class in the country for next season. Smith, a 6-foot-8-inch, 205-pound forward from Baltimore, Md., was a sophomore during the 2011-12 season at UConn. As a freshman, he was a starter on the 2011 National Championship team.
“We are excited to have Roscoe join our program,” Rice said. “He is a terrific player, a proven winner and has a tremendous work ethic. He is a versatile wing that can play and guard multiple positions.
“Roscoe has had the opportunity the last two seasons to be coached by one of the greatest of all time in Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun. His experience as a starter on a national championship team will be a huge asset to our team.”
In two years at Connecticut, Smith appeared in 74 games. As a sophomore he played in 33 contests, made 14 starts, and averaged 4.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in just over 18 minutes played per game. In Big East Conference play, he averaged 5.3 ppg and 3.2 rpg.
As a freshman, Smith played in 41 games, started 33, and averaged 6.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.2 blocks in 25.2 minutes per game. He averaged 5.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 1.5 bpg during the 2011 NCAA Tournament, and he tied a career high with four blocked shots in the national title game against Butler.
Prior to attending UConn, Smith was at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. He averaged 18.6 ppg and 8.2 rpg on his way to earning 2010 Jordan-Brand All-American honors as senior. As a junior, he attended Walbrook High School in Baltimore and averaged 21.4 ppg and 11 rpg.
Smith was ranked as the nation’s No. 5 small forward in the class of 2010 by Scout, 34th overall by ESPN, 37th by Rivals and No. 7 at his position by both ESPN and Rivals.
UNLV will work with the NCAA regarding eligibility certification issues should they arise.