Josh Smith to Georgetown

Per CBSSports, Josh Smith will be transferring to Georgetown after leaving UCLA in late November. The talented but underachieving center was a Freshman All-American before seeing his waistline swell and his minutes dip over the next two seasons. He averaged just 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds as a junior, down from 10.9 and 6.3 in his debut campaign.

Leaving just three days after guard Tyler Lamb also announced his departure, Smith cited “personal reasons” for his decision to quit the UCLA basketball team.

The Washington native picked the Hoyas over Kansas. Some time under John Thompson III at Georgetown should provide some structure, and might even help Smith turn his career around. Smith may have been chronically overweight, but he was still a legitimate big man with soft hands and rare ball skills. The former five-star recruit will be eligible after sitting out a year, or he could elect to redshirt until the 2014-15 season to get a full season.

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  • He’ll be useless wherever he goes.


    Yeah, yeah. We get that you don’t get UCLA. We get it, really. You write just like a Cal grad. What exactly do you think John Thompson III will tell Smith that he hasn’t been told here? Lay off the heavy sauces? No more powdered donuts in the dorm room? He may do better there just because he knows he screwed up this opportunity and now time isn’t exactly on his side anymore. Structure? Structure?? ‘Smith may have been chronically overweight, but he was still a legitimate big man with soft hands and rare ball skills.’ What value are soft hands and rare ball skills if he’s wheezing after two or three trips up and down the floor? ‘Hey everybody, wait until our legitimate big man can get down to this end of the floor. We want to make use of his rare ball skills.’


    • The Big Woof!

      It may not be what he is told but by whom and how. Maybe JT III will get across to him where Ben and others have failed (and as you said he may have finally learned from his past. For his sake I hope so, because under it all he seemed to be a pretty nice kid, although obviously with little or no self control.

      I will also repeat again what I have posted before. When he reported in 2011 in terrible shape, I thought “What would John Wooden have done?” IMO, Coach would have said (similar to an old Bill Walton story), “Joshua, you’re going to redshirt this year, and if you don’t come back in proper condition and ready to play next season, you will lose your scholarship and it will have been nice knowing you.” I wish Coach Howland would have done that last year.