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Roscoe Smith hopes hard work is his ticket to a chance in the NBA
Roscoe Smith hopes hard work is his ticket to a chance in the NBA

Those close to Roscoe Smith share a favorite phrase. When speaking of Smith, a Baltimore native and 6-foot-8 Nevada-Las Vegas forward entered in Thursday's NBA draft, they repeat a pair of words, over and over. It's not necessarily a nickname, but his trainer, high school and college coaches all refer to Smith in one way or another as the epitome of a "hard worker." Those two words find their way into sentences after his name because those around him say Smith is always the first player in the gym and the last to leave. He can't wait until practice ends so he can shoot extra shots by himself. And when he's not on the court, his sanctuary is the weight...

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