Georgetown center Josh Smith is out for the year due to academic reasons, the school announced today. Smith ends his season with averages of 11.5 points on 65% field goal shooting from the floor and 3.4 rebounds in just under 20 minutes of playing time per game.
In the area below will be pasted the official school release once we have it, but here's this from NBC Sports:
However after playing in Georgetown's first two conference games Smith was sidelined for academic reasons, and on Friday head coach John Thompson III announced that Smith will miss the remainder of the season as a result. While Smith did struggle in each of his final four games this season he did string together a stretch of six consecutive games in double figures, and he averaged 11.5 points per game.
Georgetown, which visits Creighton on Saturday, is also without Jabril Trawick who continues to recover from a broken jaw so the news on Smith doesn't help matters at all.
But the most disappointing thing about this is that Smith was given a second chance to realize the talent that made him a McDonald's All-American as a high school senior, with Georgetown welcoming him into the program and the NCAA making the confusing decision to allow him to play immediately.
Thompson III also said that he's hopeful Smith will do what it takes academically to return to the program next season. For Smith's sake, hopefully that is the case.
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