Dec 17, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Georgetown Hoyas center Joshua Smith (24) shoots the ball over Elon Phoenix forward Brian Dawkins (00) in the second half at Verizon Center. Georgetown won 85-76. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Georgetown center Josh Smith ruled out for season with academic issue


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.

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.

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