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UCLA Transfer Josh Smith To Visit Georgetown This Weekend

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Stephen Dunn

HoyaReport.com reported last night that UCLA transfer Josh Smith, the 6'9" junior center who recently announced he was transferring from the program, is reportedly visiting Georgetown this weekend. Smith is also considering transferring Kansas or Washington.

Per CBS Sports:

Smith has a year and a half left to make a commitment, one that will result in a weight loss and one that could ultimately result in him making a huge impact for his next college coach and making millions of dollars down the road.

Smith is expected to return home from UCLA after finals, sit down with his family and narrow his decision to a few schools. Sources told CBSSports.com that the current leaders are Kansas, Georgetown and Washington -- depending on whether Smith would be able to transfer within the Pac-12.

Smith has struggled with weight ever since arriving at UCLA and is seen as a talent who is held back by his off-court nutritional lifestyle. His conditioning has never allowed him to bloom into the NBA prospect he was forecast to be as a senior in high school, when he was a McDonald's All-American.

Smith's minutes have diminished each season, from 21.7 to 17.2 to 13.5 through six games this year, contributing as a bench player. His scoring average was also down to 5.2 points per game, as well as 4.2 rebounds per.


Though he has been burdened by weight issues, there is no doubt that Smith, a state of Washington native, is a talented big man in the mold of former Hoya great Michael Sweetney who would immediately benefit this Hoyas team that lacks experienced depth at the center position. Should Smith transfer to the Hilltop he would likely have to sit out until the 2nd semester next season, and there are questions that will need to be answered regarding how he'd be brought to Georgetown next season given that the Hoyas currently have zero scholarships available in the Class of 2013.

Smith visiting the school during winter break is certainly a sign that there is mutual interest here, and perhaps an official announcement may come in the days following the visit.