Former 5-Star Recruit Josh Smith Transferring from UCLA to Georgetown
UCLA's loss will be Georgetown's gain, as center Josh Smith will be taking his talents to the Hoyas.
From Jeff Goodman of CBS:
Josh Smith is headed to Georgetown.
According to a source close to the situation, the 6-foot-10, 300-plus pound UCLA transfer has decided to go across the country and will play for the Hoyas.
Smith chose Georgetown over Kansas.
Smith left the Bruins in November after coming to the program in 2010 as one of the top recruits in the country. At the time of his departure, he released the following statement (via Baxter Holmes of the Los Angeles Times):
I have made the decision to leave the program for personal reasons. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at UCLA and am grateful for the opportunity that has been presented to me here.
So, what were those "personal reasons" Smith cited?
As Goodman notes, Smith had a number of weight issues while at UCLA, and he gradually saw his playing time decrease under head coach Ben Howland. He went from being an exciting freshman (10.9 points and 6.3 rebounds in 21.3 minutes per game) to a sparsely used junior (5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 13.5 minutes per game).
I would guess that was the main reason Smith decided to transfer.
The Hoyas are getting a promising center prospect, albeit one who needs to keep his weight in check and remain disciplined in his conditioning program. Georgetown fans also won't get to see Smith in action until next season, as he won't be eligible to play for the team this year.
For UCLA, this ends a disappointing two-and-a-half years with Smith.
Coming into the season, the team surely thought it was a national championship contender with exciting freshmen Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad entering the fold. After seeing Smith and Tyler Lamb transfer, however, that goal has become all the more difficult.
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