Smith Commits to the Bruins

One of the truly elite prospects in the country, 6-9 center Josh Smith from Kent (Wash.) Kentwood, told the UCLA coaching staff that he intends to be a Bruin...

Josh Smith, the #13-ranked prospect in the country, will sign a National Letter of Intent to play at UCLA, sources close to the recruitment said.

Smith, the 6-9 center from Kent (Wash.) Kentwood, chose UCLA over Washington.

The UCLA coaching staff targeted Smith over two years ago and made him a top priority recruit every since.

Smith becomes the cornerstone of UCLA's recruiting class, being the type of low-post player that could truly be dominant in college.

He joins Tyler Lamb, the 6-4 shooting guard from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, as the second verbal commitment to the Bruins in the 2010 class.

The early signing period goes from this Wednesday, the 11th, to Wednesday, the 18th.


Here's a story by Scout.com's Dave Telep:

Josh Smith will sign his national letter of intent with UCLA this week.

Late Monday night on the east coast, Smith made his decision to attend UCLA over Washington. It was a decision that he reconciled a long time ago.

"In the end it was something I wanted to do. This was my choice and it's where I wanted to go," Smith told Scout.com. "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 ever factor, I knew it was UCLA."

Scout.com's No. 13 prospect and 4th ranked center overall, concluded his football season with a first-round loss and now the Kent (Wash.) Kentwood standout is focused solely on hoops the rest of the year.

Smith said that while he knew where he wanted to go, it was important to take a look around to satisfy his curiosity.

"I wasn't ready to commit (end of my junior year) and my mom wanted me to take visits. I knew since 8th grade when I had a feeling that it would be a showdown between those two.

The 6-foot-9, 300 pounder will get to come back to Seattle at least once a year. It begs the question: will he look forward to the trip but be nervous as well.

"I would say both. Coming home, its kind of one of those things. I saw it with Kevin Love when he came home to Oregon. I'll be excited to play at home in front of friends and against the UW guys that I grew up. They'll probably boo but I'll try to block that out and help the team win."


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