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Reserve guard Reggie Smith won’t be back with UNLV basketball

The junior-to-be guard averaged just 2.5 points in 20 games; is leaving to be closer to home in Chicago


Sam Morris

UNLV guard Reggie Smith drives through the San Diego State defense during their Mountain West Conference game Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV won the game 65-63.

Reggie Smith is leaving the UNLV basketball team.

The junior-to-be point guard, who averaged 2.5 points per game in 20 games last year, on Monday was granted a release from the Rebel program. Smith’s desire to be closer to his hometown of Chicago is the reason for his transferring, according to a statement from the university.

“I enjoyed my time at UNLV,” Smith said in the statement. “However, my grandmother is really sick and I have decided to find a school closer to home so I can be near her and my family.”

Smith transferred to UNLV after the fall 2010 semester from Marquette and sat out two semesters per transfer rules before being eligible last December. He only averaged 6.1 minutes per game and often times was reckless offensively. He had 18 assists and 12 turnovers, and made 15-of-37 field goals.

“I appreciate the time Reggie spent in our program,” UNLV coach Dave Rice said. “I understand him wanting to be closer to home and wish him and his family the best.”

Smith’s departure leaves UNLV with two open scholarships — only one of which will likely be filled before the season. Roscoe Smith, a 6-foot-8 forward who is transferring from the University of Connecticut and was a starter on the Huskies’ 2011 national title team, visited UNLV last week and is still in the recruiting process.

Also, losing Reggie Smith means incoming freshman point guard Daquan Cook of Baltimore, a possible candidate to red-shirt, will be needed for depth in the backcourt.

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  1. Hate to see you go Reggie, I hope you and your family the best. Thank you for some good games and your time at UNLV.

  2. would have loved to see a dunk before he left. So does he have to sit out another year?

  3. Funny, I was just reading Kantowski's breathless fanboy story on Lon Kruger in the "other" Vegas paper and thinking that one benefit of having Rice over Kruger was that no one had left the Rebels this year, whereas one or more Rebels left the program about this time nearly every year under Kruger.

    Guess some "Rebel Traditions" live on.

  4. Mashur also left earlier.

  5. I mean Mashour.

  6. When kids left with Kruger they were replaced with 2 or 3 star kids. When the Kruger left overs leave Rice will replace them with 4 or 5 star kids.

  7. Another spot on the roster for a true freshman like Cook or Reinhardt in this loaded lineup will pay dividends after Marshall and Hawkins leave.

    Reggie will speed up a slow team and should not have a problem finding a spot near Chicago.

  8. this kid left cuz when he went to unlv his playing time was going to be there cuz the talent wasent, he wouldnt have any playing time this season b/c the talent has passed him, reinhardt is a beast and real talent is now choosing unlv

  9. Though I look forward to more playing for Katin Reinhardt, sad to see Reggie leave. I think everyone will benefit from it.

  10. Best of luck Reggie

  11. Reggie was not going to get any PT- that is why he left. The grandmother being sick is the set up to get the NCAA to give him a hardship waiver so he can play this year and not have to sit out a year (not saying she isn't really sick, but it is what it is- I would do the same thing). They guy was not a good fit here, no big deal. He needs to go to a smaller school where he can get to play some minutes.

  12. Best regards Reggie. You have a great attitude and a lot of talent!

    Reggie made comments about how he was in line for next year. I am glad he made the decision now. Better now than after he's disappointed that KR and AM are soaking up the minutes.

    He has a lot of PT in him for the right school. He would have fit here had he been "the one", but there were other solid options. I'd rather have a kid I can dial back a bit as a coach, and he would have figured things out and made a strong impact given time. Unfortunately for him, that time wasn't going to come fast enough. I understand his decision and would have done the same.

  13. Best of Luck to him. He had NO shot at consistent PT without an injury occurring. Marshall & Jones starting with Hawkins & Reinhart as the back-ups. There was no room for him to make an impact.

  14. Reggie, Thanks for your effort, wish you the best! I remember being at the games chanting "Reggie". It just didn't work out, but that doesn't mean there are not better opportunities for you around Chicago.

    The Runnin' Rebels are this town's equivalent of other cities pro teams. It is tough here, we want that second national championship. So when we don't succeed there is no shortage of criticism.


  15. Thankfully, we don't have to hear those chants anymore. I loved Reggie but I wouldn't presume to suggest that I know better than the coach as to when he should be in the game.

  16. DaQuan Cook will get decent playing time (10-12 mpg) now that Reggie Smith is gone. Based upon everything I've read, he's flown under the radar and could outperform his 3 star status.