Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Say this for the NCAA: they work in mysterious ways.
After leaving UCLA last November after just a half dozen games, Josh Smith has been cleared immediately to play at Georgetown, beginning with the Hoyas season opener on Nov. 8 against Oregon in the Armed Forces Classic at Camp Humphreys in Seoul, South Korea, the school announced
Smith was also granted a Seasons of Competition waiver for the 2012-13 season in which he participated in six games at UCLA, which gives him two seasons of eligibility remaining (2013-14 and 2014-15).
“We are excited that the NCAA has approved the waiver for Joshua,” Head Coach John Thompson III said. “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.”
Listed at 6-10, 350 pounds, Smith has battled weight issues his entire career and, as a result, failed to live up to his potential, in the eyes of many.
Smith transferred to Georgetown from UCLA in January and has been practicing with the team since his arrival.
He was a Pac-10 All-Freshman selection in 2010-11, playing in 33 games and making 15 starts for UCLA while averaging 10.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. As a sophomore in 2011-12, he started nine times and appeared in 32 games, averaging 9.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.