Report: UCLA's Josh Smith transferring to Georgetown

Report: UCLA's Josh Smith transferring to Georgetown
January 2, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Transferring UCLA big man Josh Smith is headed to Georgetown.

The 6-foot-10, 300-plus pound junior revealed in November his intention to leave the Pac 12 program. Smith visited with the Hoyas before Christmas, attending the Dec. 22 game against American, and is now coming to the Hilltop according to reports. The Kent, Washington native must sit out a year per NCAA regulations and then becomes eligible in December 2013. Smith chose Georgetown over Kansas.

Smith entered his junior campaign with career averages of 10.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 19.5 minutes played in 65 games. He left UCLA this season after six games, averaging career lows in scoring (5.2), rebounds (4.2), and minutes (13.5). Weight and conditioning issues have plagued Smith -  some reports had him around 350 pounds at one point with the Bruins. UCLA coach Ben Howland openly criticized Smith about his conditioning issues before the season during an exhibition trip to China.

DraftExpress.com ranks Smith the No 15 prospect among the current junior class, describing him before the season as "Immensely talented, Smith remains unable to capitalize on his talents and make himself an impact player largely because of his inability to overcome weight and conditioning issues."

The No. 15 Hoyas (10-1) do not have seniors on their current roster and could have a potentially crowded frontcourt in 2013-14, but Smith's low post presence could be a significant boost. Sophomore forwards Otto Porter and Greg Whittington lead the Hoyas in scoring and rebounding, though neither is a true interior threat. Porter, an All-American candidate, is considered a potential NBA lottery pick should he decide to leave school after the current season.

Starters Nate Lubick and Mikael Hopkins man the inside posts for the Hoyas, backed up by inexperienced reserves Moses Ayegba, Bradley Hayes and Brandon Bolden.