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Hits keep coming at UConn: Roscoe Smith transfers

Apr 21, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

Jim Calhoun, Roscoe Smith AP

It’s not surprising that UConn is losing players left and right following the news that the program will be banned from the 2013 NCAA tournament. The only surprise is that it’s taking so long for some of the team’s most talented players to make the decision to flee the sinking ship.

Per Jeff Goodman at, the latest departure billet has been filled out in the name of Roscoe Smith. The junior-to-be has never really thrived as a Husky, averaging under 10 points per game, but his improving rebounding skills made him an important role player in the recently concluded season. Smith’s decision-making skills may have held him back more than anything, however. He became a youtube sensation as a sophomore, thanks to his affinity for launching full-court shots with plenty of time left on the clock.

Smith is 6’8″, 205 lbs. and has the long arms that make him a valuable defensive presence. He was born in Baltimore, so don’t be surprised to see Mark Turgeon make a run at him. Smith could be a valuable cog in Maryland’s rebuilding process, and could achieve his star potential if his brain catches up with his body – a situation tailor-made for a transfer who will be required to sit out a season before he can play again.

Still, this is Roscoe Smith we’re talking about. He may zig when we expect him to zag.

Eric AngevineĀ is the editor of Storming the Floor. He likes to crack wise and talk college hoops @stfhoops on Twitter.

  1. dcbball40 - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    UMD has a very big freshman class coming in plus they already took a transfer forward Evan Smotrycz from Michigan. They will save scholarships for 2013. He liked gtown a lot in high school took an official visit there but with transfer rules that may not be allowed. pat skerry at towson may want him or jimmy patsos at loyola he could be instant impact there.

  2. imforbigblue - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Thought they didn’t have to sit a year because uconn was banned from the turny? The kid going to mizzu don’t have to wait

    • ray1950 - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:10 AM

      That’s because he’s a senior

      • bbil2012 - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:04 PM

        IMO juniors and seniors generally are considered to be upperclasmen and therefore the NCAA should treat them equally in the case of transferring.Smith’s been in school two years, academically in good standing, let him play next season.
        Of course the NCAA will never change this.

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