UNLV junior forward Roscoe Smith intends to hire an agent and declare for the 2014 NBA Draft, the team announced via a press release. Smith led the Mountain West Conference and was ranked sixth in the nation with 10.9 RPG during the 2013/14 season. He also averaged 11.1 PPG for the Runnin’ Rebels, while recording 16 double-doubles, which was good for 10th in the country.
Smith said, “I had a great experience at UNLV and really enjoyed playing for Coach [Dave] Rice and his staff. I am ready to take the next step in my career, but I love UNLV and will always be a Runnin’ Rebel. I am planning to finish my classes this semester in addition to preparing for the draft.”
Rice praised Smith, saying, “Roscoe is such a hard worker and good player. We were fortunate to be able to see his work ethic first-hand these last two years. He was one of the best rebounders in the country and provided great energy and leadership. We appreciate all of his contributions to our program and wish him the best.”
ESPN’s Chad Ford ranks Smith as the 24th best small forward, and as the 110th overall ranked prospect. He is projected as a possible second round pick.