Posted October 23, 2013

Georgetown center Josh Smith cleared to play immediately

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Georgetown transfer Josh Smith will have two seasons of elibilbity left  (Harry How/Getty Images)

Georgetown transfer Josh Smith will have two seasons of eligibility left.  (Harry How/Getty Images)

Georgetown transfer Josh Smith was granted a waiver to play immediately by the NCAA and will have two seasons remaining of eligibility although he has played in parts of three different seasons, the school announced Wednesday.

Smith, a 6-foot-10 and 350 pound center, played two full seasons at UCLA, and then left that school after six games as a junior.

“We are excited that the NCAA has approved the waiver for Joshua,” said Georgetown coach John Thompson III. “Now, he has to maintain a high level of commitment on and off the court. He will provide a significant low-post presence for this team.”

Georgetown opens the season Nov. 8 against Oregon in Seoul, South Korea.

Thompson said that Smith will bring a lot to the table.

“A low-post presence, and that when he gets (the ball) down there, he knows what to do with it. He’s very good on the blocks. He’s a very good basketball player, which quite honestly I didn’t realize until he got here last year – just what a good feel for the game he had,” Thompson said.

Last season, Georgetown had a 25-7 record and was a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament, but was upset by Florida Gulf Coast in their first game.


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