Roscoe Smith committed to Connecticut with the goal of eventually competing for championships. He just didn't envision that happening in Year 1 of his college career.
“No freshman ever expects to win a national championship your first year,” Smith said. “It’s a miracle. It was completely crazy that we actually did it.”
For Smith, freshman year with the Huskies was an ideal introduction to high-major college basketball. While Smith was a star at Walbrook for three years and one of Oak Hill (Va.) Academy’s top players as a senior, recasting himself as a role player to help UConn win the national championship was a seamless transition for the 6-foot-8, 205-pound forward.
“If [playing a supporting role bothered him], he didn’t show it,” said UConn assistant coach Kevin Ollie. “He came in and played his role. He came in and got minutes on the defensive end. We needed a person of his versatility to stick the 1 through the 4. He just had great ability to play multiple defensive po...