Former UConn guard Smith joins EIU

Former Connecticut guard Darius Smith has joined Eastern Illinois' team following its winter break and will redshirt this season, the school announced on Friday.

Smith signed with the Panthers last spring, but he had to complete classes at a junior college this fall before enrolling at Eastern Illinois.

“Darius has been a part of outstanding basketball programs over the past six years that have been very successful. His contributions have resulted in championships at all levels,” Eastern Illinois coach Mike Miller said in a statement. “His versatility and skills will benefit us on both ends of the floor. Darius joining our program at the winter break will allow him to learn our system as he redshirts this year. He will immediately bring an increased level of competition to our practices.”

Smith was a highly-touted recruit out of Marshall High School in Chicago. He played one season at Connecticut before transferring. He spent last season at the College of Southern Idaho and averaged 8.4 points, 5.3 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 3.1 steals.