UCLA Catches Big One, Josh Smith Commits
By Bruin Basketball Report
Kentwood HS center Josh Smith called UCLA Coach Ben Howland to give him his verbal commitment to play at UCLA next season.
The 6'9 270 lb post man had been deciding between UCLA and Washington. He can not sign officially with the Bruins until the early signing period which begins on Wednesday, November 11.
The senior had indicated earlier this week the desire to announce his decision so that he could focus on his senior season without distractions. Smith is rated either the #1 or #2 top high school center prospect in most recruitment rankings.
Smith said the allure of playing for a legendary program like UCLA was too appealing. He also expressed high regard for Coach Howland's penchant for discipline and execution from his players and teams. He understands the style of play at UCLA will help him prepare for the next level.
Josh Smith now joins Mater Dei guard Tyler Lamb in UCLA's 2010 recruitment class.
(photo credit: Seattle Times)