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Junior center to miss rest of season
Published: Friday, January 24, 2014
Updated: Friday, January 24, 2014 16:01
After nearly three weeks of limbo, Georgetown confirmed Friday afternoon that junior center Josh Smith will miss the rest of the season for academic reasons.
The announcement, made by Head Coach John Thompson III, comes as the Hoyas travel to Omaha, Neb., to face Creighton tomorrow in a pivotal Big East matchup.
“This is Georgetown. We have a set of standards here, and everyone has responsibility above and beyond what goes on [in McDonough Arena],” Thompson said.
The 6-foot-10 big man joined the Hoyas a year ago, transferring from UCLA after two and a half seasons in Westwood. He received an NCAA waiver to begin playing for the Hoyas last fall.
Rumored to weigh as much as 400 pounds when he departed California, the Washington State native was improving his conditioning on the Hilltop and averaging nearly 20 minutes a game in non-conference play.
Smith recorded a season-high 25 points against Oregon in Georgetown’s opener Nov. 8 and recorded 17 points in a win over then-No. 10 VCU on Nov. 24.
“It’s disappointing. A lot was geared to his presence,” Thompson said.
The junior was lackluster in his final four games before being ineligible, scoring just five points in wins over DePaul and St. John’s and a loss to Kansas.
Smith did not make the trip to Providence with the Hoyas on Jan. 8 and has not played since, although he continues to practice with the team.
Georgetown fans will likely be reminded of a similar situation with Greg Whittington, who sat out last spring and ultimately transferred to Rutgers. Thompson, however, said he is planning for Smith to play next season.
Thompson also said Friday afternoon that there is no timeline for the return of junior guard Jabril Trawick, who broke his jaw against Providence.