Former Thornton High School Star Reggie Smith Is Transferring To Eastern Illinois

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 28: Reggie Smith #5 of the UNLV Rebels grabs a rebound against LaQuentin Miles #2 of the Central Arkansas Bears during their game at the Thomas & Mack Center December 28, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UNLV won 124-75. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Ex-UNLV guard Reggie Smith has transferred to Eastern Illinois.

Ex-UNLV guard Reggie Smith has transferred to Eastern Illinois, Panthers coach Jay Spoonhour announced on Thursday, as reported by Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago.

The 6-foot Smith played eight games with Marquette as a freshman and transferred to UNLV after the 2012 semester. He sat out a year and played in 20 games off the bench for the Rebels last year, averaging 2.5 points in 6.1 minutes per game.

Smith will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the upcoming season, per NCAA transfer rules. UNLV announced Smith was leaving the program in March and in its release included a quote from Smith saying he was transferring to be closer to home because of a family illness.

"Reggie has played at the highest level of college basketball," Spoonhour said in a statement. "He is an explosive player who will give our team some real speed and athleticism at the guard."

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