Smith Transfers To UNLV
Jan. 19, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Reggie Smith has enrolled in classes at UNLV and has become a member of the men's basketball program, head coach Lon Kruger announced Wednesday.
Smith, a 6-foot, 175-pound guard from Chicago, Ill., transferred to UNLV from Marquette and may begin practicing immediately with the Runnin' Rebels. He will have to sit out the next two semesters because of NCAA transfer rules and will be eligible to play in games for UNLV after the completion of the Fall 2011 semester. He will be a sophomore during the 2011-12 season with two years of eligibility remaining after that.
"We are excited to have Reggie in our program," said UNLV head coach Lon Kruger. "He loves to play, is a great competitor and has a terrific team-first attitude."
At Marquette, Smith played in eight games during the Fall 2010 semester and made five starts. He averaged 1.4 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game.
Smith was a three-year letterwinner at Thornton Township High School where he was ranked the 112th prospect in his class by Rivals.com. He concluded his high school career with over 1,300 points, 400 rebounds, 200 assists and 200 steals. He was a three-time all-conference honoree (2008, 2009, 2010) and a two-time all-state selection (2009, 2010).
Smith started 80 of his 83 games in high school, helping his team to a regional title in 2009-10 and an overall record of 22-6. He turned in averages of 18.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.5 steals per game in 26.1 minutes per contest. As a junior, he led the team to a third-place finish at the state tournament with an overall record of 30-2, falling to the eventual state champion in the semifinals. That year he averaged 17.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 2.5 apg.
Smith was nominated as a McDonald's All-American entering his senior year of high school and was named his team's most valuable player twice.