Friday, October 16, 2009

Roscoe Smith: 'I Can Do it All'

Roscoe Smith is in the house here at First Night, on an official visit to UConn. Nice kid, and certainly not lacking in confidence.

At 6-foot-8, Smith is the No. 6-rated small forward in the nation by But he's not about to pigeon-hole himself as just a small forward.

"I'm a versatile-type player. I can do it all," he said. "Anything the coach needs of me, I can do."

Smith has narrowed his college choices down to three: Georgetown, UConn and Duke. He visited Georgetown two weeks ago, and plans to make a visit to Durham, N.C. in another couple of weeks.

What will his final decision come down to?

"It depends on which one wants me the most," said Smith, who added that he plans to take his time with his decision after the Duke visit.

So far, he's impressed with what he sees in Storrs.

"The main thing about UConn is coach Jim Calhoun. And also, the legacy of the players that played here, like Rudy Gay, Ben Gordon, etc."

(Incidentally, Donyell Marshall is in the house tonight, as well).

Smith added that the Husky coaching staff has told him, "If I come to UConn, the world is mine."

***We got to thinking: How many famous Roscoes are there? I can think of two: Roscoe Tanner, the former tennis player, and Roscoe P. Coltrane, the "famous" Dukes of Hazard cop. Anyone we're forgetting?

***Also due to be here tonight: Khem Burch, a freshman at the South Kent School who's on crutches (not sure why). Also here is Maurice Harkless. Cory Joseph and Angel Nunez are slated to be here, too, but I haven't seen them yet. Doesn't mean they're not here.

Much more to come ...

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