Junior college transfer Leslee Smith provides the Huskers with an infusion of size and experience. The Huskers lost two of their top three post players from last year, including two-year starter Brandon Ubel, and Smith will be counted on to fill the void. He possesses the size to battle on the interior and the athleticism to help anchor the Huskers' defense. The 6-foot-8, 255-pounder spent last season at Seward County (Kan.) Community College, where he averaged 8.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in helping the school win the Jayhawk West Conference in 2013. Smith, who began his collegiate career at SMU, was one of four players from Seward CC to sign with Division I programs in 2013. Smith is the first Husker basketball player from the British Virgin Islands.
Smith played at Seward County Community College in 2012-13 for Coach Bryan Zollinger, helping the Saints win the Jayhawk West Conference championship. Smith averaged 8.3 points and a team-leading 6.6 rebounds per game to help Seward County CC to a 25-8 record and the Region VI semifinals. He reached double figures in scoring eight times, including a 16-point effort against Garden City CC, and had four games of at least 10 rebounds, including 13 caroms against Lamar State College. He totaled a pair of double-doubles while finishing second on the club with 22 blocked shots. His signing marked the second straight season Nebraska signed a player from Seward CC, joining Deverell Biggs, who signed in April of 2012.
Smith began his college career at SMU, where he spent two seasons in the Mustangs program playing for Coach Matt Doherty. After redshirting his first season, his second year got off to a slow start after he tore his right ACL in March of 2011. He played 25 games during the 2011-12 season after missing the first seven games rehabbing the injury, averaging 3.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He led the Mustangs in rebounding six times, including a pair of double-figure rebound performances. He had 12 rebounds against Southeast Missouri State and 11 against Tulane. Smith's 12 rebounds against Southeast Missouri State were the most by a Mustang freshman since the 2007-08 season. Smith's season high in points came in a 10-point effort against Tulsa. He started SMU’s final four games and made six starts during his redshirt freshman campaign.
Smith played his high school basketball at Christian Life Center Academy in Humble, Texas, for Carlos Wilson. As a senior, he averaged 12 points and seven rebounds per game. He was also selected to the school honor roll at Christian Life Center Academy.
Smith helped the BVI National Team to a silver medal at the 2009 FIBA Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships held on Tortola, BVI. Smith also looked at Saint Louis University and Murray State before selecting Nebraska.
Leslee is the son of Annetta Penn and was born on July 17, 1990, in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. He has two sisters, Melanie and Gabriel and two brothers Lesshawn and Jeremiah. Leslee majors in sociology at Nebraska.