Will Georgetown Represent a Turning Point for UCLA Transfer Josh Smith?

By Paul Seaver
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA Today Sports

News emerged late Wednesday morning that UCLA transfer Josh Smith had found a new home.

According to a source close to the situation, Smith is headed to Georgetown and in relation to NCAA rules, will likely be eligible to play at the end of the fall semester next season.

While transfers continue to be on the rise, the impact that some notable names can provide other schools around the midway point of the non-conference schedule can be crucial. With that being said, only time will tell if Smith will give the Hoyas a similar feel.

At 6-foot-10, Smith came to UCLA by way of Kent, Washington, a highly-regarded prospect known for his size and talent down low. However, in two and a half seasons as a Bruin, things did not click for Smith as expected.

After averaging 10.9 points per game as a freshman in 2010-11, Smith’s numbers have dropped in each season since, a situation that could have eventually led to his decision to transfer. Prior to announcing his intentions, the junior forward had been averaging 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game this season.

According to the reports, Smith however, decided to choose Georgetown, after additional consideration from Kansas. The trend is obvious, heading from UCLA to Georgetown with interest from the Jayhawks along the way, Smith is still looking to continue his career at a traditional college basketball powerhouse.

The only thing in question moving forward now is whether or not Smith will revitalize his career as a Hoya.


Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @PaulSeaverRS


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