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Kentwood’s Smith picks UCLA

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Nov. 9, 2009 at 9:44 pm with No Comments »
November 9, 2009 9:44 pm

Kentwood basketball star Joshua Smith will play at UCLA. The 6-foot-10, 270-pound center on Monday evening gave an oral commitment to the Bruins.

Smith, rated as the No. 4 center in the nation by, said UCLA was his frontrunner all along.

“In the end it was something I wanted to do. This was my choice and it’s where I wanted to go,” Smith told “I would say at the end of my junior year. Before that, they were in the front kind of like what the rumors were saying. I gave the other schools a chance just to see. I wanted to look at every aspect of staying home, but after going over every factor, I knew it was UCLA.”

Smith can sign a letter of intent on Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA’s early signing period for most sports, except football.

Smith is a two-time All-Area selection by The News Tribune.

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