The former All-Metro forward from Walbook has committed to UNLV, according to CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman. Smith should be eligible to play for the Runnin’ Rebels immediately because of UConn's NCAA postseason ban for academic reasons.
Smith had a promising freshman year for the national-champion Huskies during the 2010-11 season, averaging 6.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 25.4 minutes. The former four-star prospect started 33 of UConn’s 41 games.
As a sophomore, Smith’s playing time was cut to just 18.2 minutes per game. In a rotation with Andre Drummond and Alex Oriakhi, Smith started 14 of the Huskies’ 33 games and averaged 4.4 points and 3.4 rebounds.
Smith joins what should be a loaded Rebels team in Las Vegas. UNLV is bringing in a borderline Top 10 recruiting class, and returns leading scorer Mike Moser and several other rotation guys off a 26-9 NCAA tournament team.
Smith’s commitment gives UNLV its second player from Baltimore. St. Frances point guard Daquan Cook signed with the Rebels in November.