As members of the national champion Connecticut men's basketball team took turns cutting down the nets at AT&T; Stadium late Monday night, missing from the long line of scissor-wielding champs was a former Baltimore basketball star.
Roscoe Smith, who graduated in 2010 from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., was first a dynamic, 6-foot-8 guard-small forward at Walbrook in West Baltimore, where he averaged 21.4 points and 11 rebounds per game during his junior seaosn.
Smith committed to play at UConn in January 2010. His former coach at Walbrook, Kelvin Bridgers, said at the time that Smith could "just flat-out shoot the cover off the ball."
"In the pro-style offense [UConn] runs, they like a big wing player who can stroke the basketball and get to the rim," Bridgers told The Baltimore Sun. "He’s a guy that can score from anywhere on the floor ... and he can match up with big guys with an arm reach of a 7-footer. So, he can post you up, he can shoot the 3 and he can get to the rim."
Smith played for Huskies immediately, and started 33 games during the 2010-11 season, in which he averaged 6.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 25.2 minutes per game.
The next season, however, he started only 14 games and averaged just over 18 minutes per game. In May 2012, he decided to leave Connecticut for UNLV.
Smith was forced to sit out the 2012-13 season, but returned for 2013-14 and averaged 11.1 points and 10.9 rebounds in 29.1 minutes per game for the Rebels.
UNLV's season ended with a loss in the Mountain West Conference tournament semifinal, sending Smith home considerably sooner than had he remained with UConn. He recently decared for the upcoming NBA draft.
Don't feel too bad for him, though. Among those 33 starts during the 2010-11 season was a national championship game victory vs. Butler, in which Smith blocked four shots.