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Report: Former UConn forward Roscoe Smith headed to UNLV

Roscoe Smith

Connecticut’s Roscoe Smith smiles after scoring two during the second half of Connecticut’s 74-65 victory over Pittsburgh in an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., on Saturday, March 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)


As if being loaded with a team that’s talented enough to make some serious noise weren’t enough, UNLV just landed another transfer.

According to Jeff Goodman of, former UConn forward Roscoe Smith has committed to the Mountain West school.

That’s another transfer for both a school and a conference that’s been successful with players looking for a fresh start.

The question in regards to Smith is whether or not he would be eligible to play immediately, given the fact that UConn being hit with APR sanctions resulted in a 2013 postseason ban.

With Smith having two years of eligibility remaining (unlike Alex Oriakhi, who will be eligible to play immediately at Missouri this fall), it’s more likely that he has to sit the 2012-13 season.

And that could work out to the Runnin’ Rebels’ benefit, given the presence of Mike Moser and Anthony Bennett.

Adding Smith gives Dave Rice and his staff a guy who they can not only work into the system but also challenge guys on a daily basis in practice.

Smith played just over 18 minutes per game as a sophomore, averaging 4.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest.

But the 6-8 Baltimore native is versatile, and his ability to defend both forward positions was something the Huskies were able to call upon on their run to the national title in 2011.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.