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Thursday, October 24th, 2013 at 4:13 pm  |  5 responses

Georgetown’s Josh Smith Granted Immediate Eligibility


by Bill DiFilippo / @bflip33

John Thompson III received some excellent news yesterday, when he learned that UCLA transfer Josh Smith will receive immediate eligibility and will be able to suit up for the Hoyas’ season opener on October 8.

Smith transferred after six games with the Bruins, meaning he didn’t play a full fall semester in Los Angeles. Smith also enrolled at Georgetown in the spring of 2013. Because of this, Smith appealed to the NCAA for immediate eligibility, and got it yesterday.

From the Washington Post:

Because the NCAA, in effect, erased his limited participation for the Bruins as a junior, granting him a Seasons of Competition waiver, Smith will have two seasons of eligibility remaining at Georgetown.

“We are excited that the NCAA has approved the waiver for Joshua,” Thompson said in a statement. “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.”

The 6-10, 350-pound Smith averaged 9.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 17.2 minutes per game as a freshman in 2011. He will be one of the players expected to mollify the loss of Otto Porter in Georgetown’s frontcourt.

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  • Enigmatic

    This could be huge if Smith isn’t.

  • TSmoove

    I see what you did there and you’re definitely right

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    ncaa got randomness

    but you know i and i know smith is a late 2nd round nbdl prospect who will get some Yens in china market

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    shout out to the real TSmoove

  • Enigmatic

    For sure, dude will be hard-pressed to make an NBA squad. He had nice game in high school..which doesn’t mean jack to NBA GMs haha.

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