Josh Smith could be big addition to Georgetown

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,College,Craig Stouffer,Georgetown University

It seemed a tad bit awkward that Josh Smith was still wearing UCLA gear as he sat behind the Georgetown bench during the Hoyas' win over American last month.

Smith won't have to wear his former school's colors any longer after completing his transfer to the Hoyas, according to a report by CBSSports.com. It's another unorthodox recruiting score for Hoyas coach John Thompson III. It also gives rise to a number of questions.

Smith, a 6-foot-10 junior from Kent, Wash., was a McDonald's All-American, and he averaged 10.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game as a freshman for the Bruins. He also weighs more than 300 pounds, which accounted for his limited playing time this season before he decided to leave Westwood. Smith, who lost his starting job this season with the arrival of Travis and David Wear, had four points and three rebounds in 12 minutes off the bench in Georgetown's 78-70 win over UCLA in Brooklyn, N.Y., in November.

Should Smith get himself in shape and find his footing in the District, the Hoyas could be more ready to handle the potential departure of sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr., who may have no choice but to turn pro if he is going to be a lottery pick in next June's NBA Draft. Freshman centers Bradley Hayes and Brandon Bolden have so far been unable to play their way into Georgetown's regular rotation. Sophomore big man Tyler Adams will not play this season because of a heart condition that has sidelined him since last year.

- Craig Stouffer

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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