Josh Smith to Georgetown, and what it means for UK

 Posted by at 1:13 PM on January 2, 2013
Jan 022013

Former five-star recruit Josh Smith will transfer from UCLA to Georgetown,’s Jeff Goodman reported Wednesday morning.

Smith was one of the most coveted recruits in the class of 2010, but struggled with weight problems and consistency in his two-plus seasons with the Bruins.

The 6-foot-10, 300-plus-pound center averaged 10.9 points and 6. 3 rebounds per game as a freshman, but his numbers have dipped since. He averaged 9.9 points and 4.9 rebounds last season, and was averaging 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds this year before quitting the team after six games.

Smith’s transfer to Georgetown could be good news for Kentucky.

UK, Syracuse and Georgetown are the three finalists for Dakari Johnson, the No. 1 uncommitted center in the class of 2013. Smith is expected to be eligible to play for the Hoyas in January 2014, and both he and Johnson will be looking to start immediately. His addition to a roster already loaded with underclassmen in the frontcourt could be enough to make Johnson look elsewhere.

Syracuse is in a similar situation. The Orange have three big men averaging more than 15 minutes per game this season: Rakeem Christmas, Dajuan Coleman and Baye Moussa Keita. All three of those players are underclassmen, and none are projected to be drafted this year, according to the latest mock from The Orange have also signed three-star center Chinonso Obokoh from the class of 2013.

UK, on the other hand, has Nerlens Noel and Willie Cauley-Stein currently in the post, with no commitments from centers for 2013. Noel will almost certainly leave for the NBA after this season, and many think Cauley-Stein could be a first-round pick if he enters the draft.

Johnson’s mother spoke to ZagsBlog in November about how current players and recruits could affect her son’s decision.

“It’s like if they’re there and the guys that they have signed are there, then it’s kind of like, does it make sense?” she said of Syracuse. “Would he be impactful there? Will there be a need for a player like Dakari?

“You kind of want to go somewhere where you’re needed.”


  3 Responses to “Josh Smith to Georgetown, and what it means for UK”

  1. I think Dakari is the best choice for UK anyway. I have long admired his skill level and attention to detail. He will be a better team player for the Wildcats who demands a team approach for success. Gordon seems destined to play his college ball out West. If he had been serious about the Wildcats, he would have committed by now. Wiggins also has had many opportunities to commit to the cats. Randle has also been jacking UK around. Johnson is our man, and the cats should jump on the opportunity to take him.

  2. The previous poster is correct in that Johnson is a perfect match for UK and its team concept play. Where I disagree with him is where he says that the other 3 would have comitted by now if they were truly interested in UK.Well that simply isnt the case at all b/c all 3 said quite awhile ago that they wouldnt commit till the spring. I do agree somewhat that Gordon is likely to stay out west by going to probably Arizona, but just maybe Washington. Wiggins is a mystery to me b/c UK is the perfect place for the best player in the country but he is also a shy and unasumming kid and may choose FSU so as not to be as much in the spotlight as he would be at KY. Randle is said to be leaning toward Texas or Fla. but I disagree with that somewhat just look at his last blog where he had a very telling conversation with coach Cal. So Johnson, Randle and Wiggins are still in the UK court but to different degrees.

  3. The guys that are waiting must be waiting to see which current UK players are going pro. If Randle really likes TX or FL as a first choice, why would he not go ahead and make his choice. Similarly, if Wiggins wants to go to FL State and he is shy, why not go ahead and make the announcement to get the hounds off his back. I can see the CA guy having difficulty between AZ and WA and wanting to see who leaves AZ, but if Wiggins and Randle were not really interested in UK, why wouldn’t they go ahead and make their decision?

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