The Los Angeles Lakers have added former UNLV forward Roscoe Smith to their training camp roster.
Former UNLV/UConn F Roscoe Smith has accepted an invite to Lakers’ camp, source tells @SNYtv
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) August 4, 2014
Yesterday the Lakers added Michigan State guard Keith Appling to their training camp roster, and today it’s another undrafted college star who represents a low-risk, potentially high reward.
Smith was on the Lakers summer league roster and played in all five of the Lakers games in Las Vegas. Smith averaged 5 points per game, while playing in just over 12 minutes per contest.
Smith is slender and 6’8, but is a rebounding and double-double machine. In his final year at UNLV, Smith averaged 11.1 points and 10.9 rebounds per contest, while only failing to register double digit rebounds in a dozen games during the course of the season. He had 16 double-doubles in his final year for the Runnin’ Rebels, which is why the Lakers are interested in bringing him in and stashing him in the D-League.
Both Appling and Smith likely will not make the Lakers final roster as they head into the NBA’s regular season; however, they should be able to develop nicely with the D-Fenders, should they choose that route.