It has been a long and winding road for Georgetown center Josh Smith with regard to his entire college basketball career, but with an announcement on Friday, his season was cut to an unfortunate end.
Georgetown coach John Thompson III has announced that Josh Smith is out for the year because of academics.
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) January 24, 2014
Multiple outlets report that Smith will miss the remainder of the season with academic concerns, and as difficult as it is to say, this one doesn’t seem to be away from the pattern for Smith. The 6-foot-10 behemoth of a center transferred from UCLA amid a ton of rumor and innuendo, and he couldn’t even escape the weirdness with his transfer, as there was a good deal of controversy surrounding his eligibility.
Still, Smith has been an effective player wherever he has been (despite conditioning concerns), and this is a big on-court loss for the Hoyas. He was averaging north of 11 points per game in less than 20 minutes (hence those conditioning questions), and Smith was easily the most difficult low-post threat for the opposition to deal with against Georgetown.
It remains to be seen whether he’ll ever play another game for Georgetown or any other program in college hoops, but unless he does, the career of the once top-prospect (top 20 in the class of 2010) will be a colossal disappointment.