Due to low APR scores, the University of Connecticut is barred from the postseason this upcoming season. The Huskies can aim to win the Big East’s regular season crown, but are disallowed from participating in the conference tournament and any additional postseason opportunities.
The NCAA’s ruling made way for quite a few roster changes, including the NBA Draft decisions of both Andre Drummond and Jeremy Lamb. In addition, senior-to-be Alex Oriakhi, who will play his final season at Missouri this year, took advantage of another NCAA ruling that allowed him to transfer without having to sit out a year.
Fellow UConn transfer Roscoe Smith however, was not so lucky.
Smith, who spent his first two seasons in Storrs, was given permission to transfer and eventually wound up at UNLV. Rebels’ head coach Dave Rice also landed Pittsburgh transfer Khem Birch.
The NCAA however, denied Smith’s appeal for a hardship waiver, leaving Oriakhi (a senior) as the only Huskies’ transfer to be granted immediate eligibility.
Albeit disappointing news for Smith, the decision could have its long term advantages. The Rebels present threats at nearly every position this season and very well could hit a groove as a top-15 team this season. Smith, who stands at 6-foot-8, may find a better mold with the program after a full year of practice.
Given the NCAA’s news, Smith will indeed redshirt the 2012-13 season, keeping intact the remaining two years of eligibility that he will have in Las Vegas.
Smith’s number dipped last season as a sophomore, as he averaged 4.4 points in just over 18 minutes of action.
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