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Friday / July 12.
  • 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.”

    James Blackmon Jr. will visit Indiana this weekend, he Tweeted.

    The Indiana visit follows a visit to Kentucky last weekend, where he was joined by Stanley Johnson, Trey Lyles and Kentucky pledges Tyler Ulis and Karl Towns Jr.

    “A lot of people think just because I decommitted from [Indiana], I’m not looking at them,” he told SNY.tv recently. “But they’re still one of my top five and if it’s the right fit for me I’ll definitely go back because I love that place. I’m from Indiana so that’s always a plus.”

    Michael Chandler will take an official visit to Oregon beginning Friday and could pull the trigger on his visit.

    If he does, it will be the fourth school the 6-foot-10, 245-pound center commits to. He has already committed and decommitted from Louisville, Xavier and UCF.

    “We’re going to check them out and if he really, really  likes them, he may pull the trigger,” Allan Chandler, Michael’s uncle, told SNY.tv. “It’s up to the big fella.

    “I like them, his mom likes them, it’s up to him. From what I can tell, he does because we’re taking the visit.”

    Kyle Anderson on Tuesday was named to the 2013-14 Bob Cousy Award Watch List, which is a pretty nice way for the Fairview, N.J., native to begin his sophomore season at UCLA.

    “It’s pretty cool,” Anderson told SNY.tv by phone. “It’s a list of a bunch of other good players so to see my name up with them is pretty cool.”

    The Bob Cousy Award is presented annually to the nation’s top point guard by the Basketball Hall of Fame, yet the 6-foot-9 Anderson spent part of his freshman season playing out of position at the 4 under former coach Ben Howland.

    Devin Robinson, a 6-foot-8, 175-pound forward from Christchurch (Va.) School, will announce his college decision Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., according to Evan Daniels of Scout.

    Robinson is still considering Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, Indiana and Florida, his high school coach, Ben Thompson confirmed to SNY.tv.

    “Oklahoma State, Florida and Indiana visited last week,” Thompson said by text. “No visitors this week.”

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