UNLV junior forward Roscoe Smith intends to hire an agent and declare for the 2014 NBA Draft, head coach Dave Rice announced on Friday.
Smith, who will forgo his senior year of eligibility, led the Mountain West and was sixth in the nation with an average of 10.9 rebounds during the 2013-14 season. He also averaged 11.1 points for the Runnin’ Rebels and finished 10th in the nation with 16 double-doubles.
“I had a great experience at UNLV and really enjoyed playing for Coach Rice and his staff,” Smith said in a statement. “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.”
NBADraft.net currently ranks Smith as the 42nd best prospect on its big board right behind New Mexico guard Kendall Williams. It’s latest consensus mock draft on April 5 has him going No. 43 in the second round to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
“Roscoe is such a hard worker and good player,” Rice said. “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.”
Smith, originally from Baltimore, Md., was a member of the UNLV men’s basketball program for two seasons. He sat out the 2012-13 season as a redshirt after transferring from Connecticut where he started as a freshman on the 2011 National Championship team.