I’m here at Kentwood, where the eighth-ranked Conquerors will be taking on No. 7 Kentridge in a few minutes.
Josh Smith, Kentwood’s 6-foot-10 star who has signed with UCLA, will not play. He’s been standing under the Kentwood basket in sweats and a letterman’s jacket, walking with a stiff right leg — apparently in a knee brace. He suffered what is believed to be a partially torn patellar tendon a week and a half ago.
I asked Smith when he would be ready to go and he said, “Next week.”
That means he should be ready to play in the T-Mobile Invitational Dec. 29-30 in Birmingham, Ala. The Conquerors don’t have another game before then.
Kentwood struggled mightily without Smith on Tuesday, falling 65-37 to Jefferson. That same night, Kentridge lost to Auburn Riverside in double-overtime, 93-82 — despite 55 points by junior guard Gary Bell, a South Puget Sound League record.
It will be interesting to see how Bell follows up that performance tonight.
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