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Will Georgetown get Josh Smith for the entire season?

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Josh Smith was expected to give the Georgetown frontcourt a boost when he became eligible during the 2013-14 season.

According to ESPN.com, though, that arrival date could come earlier than originally anticipated.

As of right now, Smith won't be available until the second semester, but Thompson said he's awaiting a decision from the NCAA, intimating there's a chance Smith could play immediately.

Thompson declined to get into specifics to the nature of the request.

“We don't know when or how long we'll have him,'' Thompson said. “But we think we should know pretty soon.''

Smith, who is listed at 6-foot-10 and 350 lbs., left UCLA six games into his junior season after problems with his conditioning and consistency. He enrolled at Georgetown in early January, choosing the Hoyas over Kansas. As a midseason transfer, all signs pointed to Smith being eligible after the first semester.

If Smith is able to play at the start of the season, that would give John Thompson III a nice asset up front. Starters Nate Lubick and Mikael Hopkins are both back up front, although All-American Otto Porter is gone to the NBA. Greg Whittington could miss the entire season with a knee injury. Smith obviously can't help at the small forward position, but he's a go-to-guy in the post when he's able to stay on the court.

Although there are certainly still questions about Smith, getting a slimmed-down version for the entire season can't be a bad thing for the Hoyas.

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