Kentwood will be without 6-foot-10 star Josh Smith for next week’s T-Mobile Invitational in Birmingham, Ala.
The UCLA-bound Smith, who came into the season rated as the No. 1 high-school center in the country by some recruiting services, suffered a partially torn patellar tendon in his right knee two weeks ago.
Jo Anne Daughtry, Kentwood althletic director, said she received a phone call this morning from Tracey Smith, Josh’s mother, informing her that Josh had been back to his doctor and that he has not been cleared to play. He will be reassessed in another two weeks.
Daughtry then informed organizers of the T-Mobile event that Smith will not be able to play. He is making the trip with the team, however.
Kentwood has lost its past two games without Smith, who averaged better than 24 points per game as a junior. Last Friday, Smith said he expected to begin practicing this week and planned to be able to play in Birmingham.