Keith Dambrot is losing one of his top scorers from last season.
Pittsburgh Sports Now has learned that junior Tarin Smith has requested his release from Duquesne and will become a graduate transfer.
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Last season under Dambrot, Smith averaged 12.3 points per game and was named the A-10 Sixth Man of the Year.
The biggest improvement in Smith’s game was from behind the arc. Prior to last season, he connected on only 21 career 3-pointers but in 2017-18, he made 39 in 31 games.
Sources tell PSN that despite telling coaches he’d be returning, Smith has decided to leave and it could be parental influence.
Smith is a native of New Jersey and played for Bob Hurley Sr. in high school, so, don’t be surprised if UConn becomes Smith’s next home.
UPDATE (3:15 PM)-
**Following our initial story about Tarin Smith leaving, he released this on Twitter.
Thank you‼️???? pic.twitter.com/K695iBE5Sd
— Tarin Smith (@Smittee_) April 9, 2018