6-foot-10, 300-plus-pound UCLA transfer Josh Smith is headed to Georgetown, CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman is reporting. The junior chose the Hoyas over Kansas, according to the report.
Smith, who arrived at UCLA as a blue-chip recruit and first-round NBA prospect, has struggled to keep his weight down in college. He averaged 10.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in 21.7 minutes a freshman, but those numbers dropped to 9.9, 4.9 and 17.2 during his sophomore year.
Smith played in six games for the Bruins this season, averaging 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in just 13.5 minutes per game before announcing that he would transfer in late November.
UCLA has gone 8-4 in his absence, including most recently an upset over No. 7 Missouri. Georgetown is 10-1 this season and currently ranked No. 15.
Yahoo! Sports Jeff Eisenberg tweeted that the move is a “worthy gamble” for the Hoyas, who have a storied tradition of building around big men, including Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo, Roy Hibbert and Greg Monroe.
I think Josh Smith is well worth a gamble for Georgetown. Obviously a very talented kid. Maybe JTIII will have more success motivating him.—
Jeff Eisenberg (@JeffEisenberg) January 02, 2013