WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – John Thompson III expects academically ineligible center Josh Smith to return for his final year of eligibility next season, he told the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday.
Smith (junior), a 6-foot-10, 350 pound transfer from UCLA, was benched for academic reasons ahead of the Hoyas’ Jan. 8 game at Providence, then was declared academically ineligible for the remainder of the 2013-14 season prior to the team’s Jan. 25 meeting at Creighton.
“Is Josh Smith welcomed back to the program next year?” Thompson III was asked.
“Yes,” Thompson said. “He’s got to take care of some things in the classroom, but if he does that, yes.”
“And you expect him to be [back]?” he was asked.
“Yes. Absolutely,” he said.
Smith played just 13 games for the Hoyas, who were 10-3 with him on the court. Since suffering an initial 1-4 lapse in Smith’s absence, Georgetown has bounced back to 5-6 without him. He was averaging 11.5 points (.655 FG%) and 3.4 rebounds, through roughly 20 minutes per game.