Roscoe Smith made it clear he wanted a program that suited his style of play. Smith, who has NBA aspirations, felt Connecticut, would put him in the best position to reach that lofty goal.
Friday, Smith, a 6-foot-8 forward, made it official when he chose the Huskies over Duke and Georgetown. Also in the mix were West Virginia and UCLA.
"I wanted to make the decision before I went back to school on Monday," Smith told ESPN.com. "There were no bad choices in my final three; all have great coaches but UConn's style of play appealed to me. Coach [Jim] Calhoun has a great legacy and puts players in the pros."
Paul Biancardi, ESPNıs National Recruiting Director, assesses Smithıs game.
"Roscoe is a great 3-point shooter with tremendous range and accuracy," he said. "When UConn spreads the floor he'll have an opportunity to shoot the 3. UConn likes to score in transition and in half-court sets he'll come off the double-staggered screen to catch and shoot."
Smith, a Baltimore resident, transferred to national powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. in September. His transition was seamless but his biggest benefit was playing for OHA coach Steve Smith.
"I've improved in all aspects of my game, but mainly my focus. That some coach [Steve] Smith has really emphasized," Roscoe Smith said.
Biancardi said Smith, the No. 16-rated player in the ESPNU 100 and surefire pick for the 2010 McDonaldıs All-American Game, has enhanced his game at Oak Hill.
"Roscoe's more of a complete player," he said. "He's recognizing shot selection now and he's a big-time talent on the offensive end at either the three or four. This bodes well at the next level."
OHA, currently on mid-semester break, resumes practice next week in preparation for Northland (Columbus, Ohio) on Jan.16 at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. The Warriors (18-1) last played on Dec. 30 in the finals of the Les Schwab Invitational in Oregon, where they fell to Westchester (Los Angeles), 52-47.