UCLA basketball: Joshua Smith Sr. refutes report about son testing NBA draft waters
The father of UCLA freshman center Joshua Smith refuted a report on a draft website that his son was sending out feelers to NBA teams to see where he might be selected if he were to declare for the June draft.
"It's not true," Joshua Smith Sr. said by telephone Wednesday evening. "He's coming back. He's not going anywhere. He's got to be a good student and a good college basketball player first" before considering the NBA.
Smith, the 6-foot-10, 324-pound standout who averaged 10.9 points and 6.3 rebounds last season, visited his parents in Kent, Wash., over the weekend. Smith Sr. said he talked to his son about improvements he needed to make during his sophomore season.
Smith Sr. said his son would stay in Westwood this summer to work on getting in better shape. UCLA Coach Ben Howland has said he wanted Smith to drop his body fat to 12%.
Photo: UCLA center Joshua Smith (34) dunks against Arizona State forward Kyle Cain, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in L.A. Feb. 24, 2011. Credit: Alex Gallardo / AP