Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Sources confirmed a CBSSports.com report that the 6-foot-8 sophomore forward from Baltimore had received a release to transfer.
He originally picked the Huskies over Duke and Georgetown.
Junior forward Alex Oriakhi has already transferred to Missouri, and redshirt freshman center Michael Bradley is also transferring.
Jeremy Lamb and Andre Drummond declared for the NBA Draft.
Oriakhi is eligible immediately, whereas the schools Smith and Bradley land at would have to apply for waivers to get them eligible.
UConn has one incoming recruit in New York City shooting guard Omar Calhoun and will also add Holy Cross transfer guard R.J. Evans.
Guards Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright are expected to return, along with frontcourt players DeAndre Daniels, Niels Giffey, Tyler Olander and Enosch Wolf.
The Huskies are in the market for 6-8 shot-blocker Chris Obekpa and 6-11 center Bradley Hayes, both 2012 late signees.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.