Advertising

The Seattle Times Company

NWjobs | NWautos | NWhomes | NWsource | Free Classifieds | seattletimes.com

High School Sports


Our network sites seattletimes.com | Advanced

Originally published November 9, 2009 at 9:12 PM | Page modified November 9, 2009 at 11:16 PM

Comments (0)     E-mail E-mail article      Print Print      Share Share

Prep Basketball | Kentwood's Joshua Smith says he'll go to UCLA

Center picks Bruins over Washington.

Seattle Times staff reporter

Scores & stats

Schedule/results

Standings

Leaders

Teams

Rankings

More sports: Golf | Tennis | Swimming | Cross-country

Joshua Smith kept weighing his options and UCLA kept coming out on top.

So the 6-foot-10 senior from Kentwood High School in Covington decided to make it official Monday and gave his oral commitment to the Bruins. Washington was the runner-up in the sweepstakes for the basketball player rated by some sites as the No. 1 high-school center in the country.

"They've kind of been the front-runner for a while, them and UW," Smith said of the Bruins. "They've both been recruiting me since the beginning. In the end, when I looked at everything I was looking for, I decided UCLA was my choice."

He said location was a prime factor, with Washington being a 25-minute drive away and UCLA being a two-hour flight.

"Neither one was too far from my family," Smith said. "And both of them don't really have a big man right now, or their big man would rather be a four than a five, and it would be important for me to be an impact player right away."

He said he has family on his mother's side living in California that he is looking forward to reconnecting with.

Before giving his commitment to the UCLA coaching staff, Smith said his first call was to UW coach Lorenzo Romar.

"I said thank you for everything, but I've made my decision to go to UCLA," Smith said.

And he got the blessings of his parents.

"His family supports his decision," said his mother, Tracy Smith. "We talked about it over the weekend."

The early signing period begins Wednesday, but Tracy Smith said she had "no idea" when Joshua actually will sign his letter of intent or whether there will be a signing ceremony. If there is a ceremony, it will not be at Kentwood, she said.

E-mail E-mail article      Print Print      Share Share

More High School Sports

NEW - 8:27 PM
All-league boys basketball teams

NEW - 8:31 PM
All-league girls basketball teams

All-league girls basketball teams

NEW - 8:21 PM
Stars of the week

Gonzaga Prep wins with defense, 61-41 | 4A Boys

More High School Sports headlines...

Comments
No comments have been posted to this article.

advertising


Get home delivery today!

Video

Advertising

AP Video

Entertainment | Top Video | World | Offbeat Video | Sci-Tech

Marketplace

Advertising