Smith To Play For Runnin' Rebels In 2013-14
Aug. 24, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV has been informed by the NCAA that its legislative relief waiver request for Roscoe Smith has been denied. Smith will use the 2012-13 season as a redshirt year with the Runnin' Rebels and be eligible to play in games for UNLV in 2013-14.
Smith, a 6-foot-8-inch, 205-pound forward from Baltimore, Md., was a sophomore during the 2011-12 season at Connecticut and transferred to UNLV this summer. As a freshman, he was a starter on the 2011 National Championship team.
"We are disappointed for Roscoe and our team, but we understand and accept the decision," head coach Dave Rice said. "Roscoe brings tremendous experience from being a big part of a national championship team at UConn and he is now a highly valued member of our program. He will have a great career here at UNLV and has already become a terrific leader for us."
In two years at UConn, 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.