LSU SG Javonte Smart Cleared to Play vs. Florida Amid Recruiting Scandal

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 15, 2019

BATON ROUGE , LOUISIANA - FEBRUARY 26:  Ja'vonte Smart #1 of the LSU Tigers warms up before a game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Pete Maravich Assembly Center on February 26, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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LSU received good news Friday when Javonte Smart was cleared to play prior to its first SEC tournament game

Per Amie Just of the Times-Picayune, LSU cleared Smart to play against Florida following an investigation into the recruiting scandal involving suspended head coach Will Wade:

Amie Just @Amie_Just

Breaking: Javonte Smart has been cleared to play, per statement. #LSU https://t.co/poIQwl1EBf

Smart became embroiled in the scandal when Wade was reported to have been caught on an FBI wiretap talking about making an offer to a recruit. 

"I was thinking last night on this Smart thing," Wade said on the wiretap, per Pat Forde, Pete Thamel and Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports. "I'll be honest with you, I'm [expletive] tired of dealing with the thing. Like I'm just [expletive] sick of dealing with the [expletive]. Like, this should not be that [expletive] complicated."

Wade went on to say he made a "hell of an offer" to a player in an attempt to get him to commit to the Tigers. 

LSU suspended Wade indefinitely while the NCAA's investigation into the situation continues. 

Smart didn't play in the regular-season finale against Vanderbilt on March 9 amid the allegations. The Louisiana native is averaging 11.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in 30 games this season. 

LSU won the SEC regular-season championship for the first time since 2008-09. The Tigers are looking for their first conference tournament title since 1979-80.