UNLV Basketball

UConn Transfer Roscoe Smith on His Official Visit to UNLV

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 15:  Roscoe Smith #22 of the Connecticut Huskies looks to pass in the seocnd half against Melvin Ejim #3 of the Iowa State Cyclones during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Mick AkersAnalyst IMay 15, 2012

With the UNLV Runnin' Rebels jumping back in the national radar after signing Rivals No. 7 ranked recruit, Anthony Bennett, the Rebels are looking to strengthen one of the best incoming classes as they host UConn transfer Roscoe Smith through Wednesday, according to NBC Connecticut.

Smith, a 6'8" forward, is one of the many players who has opted to transfer out of UConn after sanctions were levied on the team for recruiting violations. He would be a solid get for UNLV's already talented 2012 class.

Although the Rebels have one of the best front courts in all of college basketball, adding another high-level forward would do nothing but benefit UNLV.

Smith has been more of a role player than a star since he came out of high school as the No. 37 ranked recruit in 2010. He has the potential to be a solid back up to the Rebels  Mike Moser, who will be playing at his more natural position of small forward this season, after spending last season at the power forward spot.

Smith could give Moser the rest that he could have used last season considering how the Rebels' breakout star wore down towards the end of the season after playing an average of 31.4 minutes per contest.

It is still unknown if Smith would be eligible this year or would have to sit out a year per transfer rules, but either way UNLV will benefit from whenever Smith can play.

Smith would round out UNLV's highly touted 2012 class that includes newcomers, Bennett, Rivals No. 38 ranked Katin Reinhardt, Rivals No. 144 ranked Demetris Morant and DaQuan Cook, in addttion to Pitt transfer and former high school All-American, Khem Birch.

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