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August 11, 2008 12:42 PM

Joel Smith to Chaminade

Posted by Bob Condotta

Sounds like former Husky Joel Smith has landed on his feet just fine.

According to the blog "Hotdog & Friends'' he will be playing this season at Chaminade University in Honolulu.

Chaminade is the same school that gained fame in the early 1980s for a monumental upset of a No. 1-ranked Virginia team during the Ralph Sampson era.

Chaminade is an NCAA Division II school, so Smith will be eligible to play immediately.

But Smith will get one more chance at playing in the big time as Chaminade hosts the annual Maui Invitational, which pits Chaminade against North Carolina in the first round with a possible game against Oregon in the second round.

Smith did not return to UW for his fifth-year senior season as the Huskies needed to clear a scholarship spot to fit in all of its incoming freshmen class.

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Posted by Mosesdawg

1:01 PM, Aug 11, 2008

Good choice! You could do a lot worse than Maui!

Posted by joogy

1:07 PM, Aug 11, 2008

Good to see Smith playing for his final year.

Posted by justin

1:31 PM, Aug 11, 2008

It was hard to see Smith go but i think LR did the right thing. Hopefully a year on the beach will help soothe any hard feelings.

Posted by WSUx3

1:38 PM, Aug 11, 2008

phuck em leave em pissed

Posted by Aramis

2:39 PM, Aug 11, 2008

Did anybody else check out that Hotdog and friends blog? They got some good stuff...funny guys.

Posted by honolulu husky

2:54 PM, Aug 11, 2008

Chaminade is actually located in Honolulu on Oahu, not on Maui. They just act as the host school for the tournament because there aren't any universities on that island.

Joel Smith must the the "player to be named later" in the deal that brought Dion Brown from Chaminade to UW in the late '80's. Brings back a lot of memories. That guy was an incredible athlete. He could jump like Nate Robinson but was almost a foot taller.

Posted by Jynne

8:49 AM, Aug 12, 2008

Joel is turning 24 in a few months, he need to grow up and get a job. He has no real future in basketball.

Posted by 206er

9:54 AM, Aug 12, 2008

haha, you're probably right jynne, but i think free school is hard to turn down. yea, i don't think joel provided that mauch value on the floor. he was kind of a turnover waiting to happen. i thought the way he possibly could have helped this team was as a mentor to suggs and turner. the 2 guard will be an awfully young position this year.

Posted by Husky19

10:58 AM, Aug 12, 2008

He'll do great at Chaminade. Honolulu Husky is correct, Chaminade is located in Honolulu on Oahu.

If he really wanted to come to Hawaii and play for a small school, he should have chosen Hawaii Pacific University. The coach there, while old, is a local legend. He turned HPU into a NAIA championship type team before retiring, but he is back. Since Joel is not an NBA player, this would at least make his final season one to remember while winning a lot of games.

Good luck to him and maybe I'll go watch Chaminade play this year!

Posted by dlep

12:37 PM, Aug 12, 2008

This isn't related to Joel Smith, but apparently Gaddy has narrowed his list to five schools - Arizona, Memphis, Oregaon, UCLA, and Washington. Thought that might be of interest.

Posted by Mix

1:25 PM, Aug 12, 2008

sounds like Clarence Trent might be on campus this week... would be nice to have someone touch base with the local kid from Gig Harbor to see if he might be coming back home...

Posted by MT Husky

1:36 PM, Aug 12, 2008

Thanks dlep - that is very interesting.

Looks like Romar offered a scholarship to Devonte Elliot.

Posted by 206er

4:21 PM, Aug 12, 2008

hmmm... i had pretty much counted gaddy and bradley out. it seemed like they were not longer interested in the huskies. maybe i was wrong. i'd love to snag trent. he's a great athlete. do'nt know much about elliott. it sounds like he's a rising prospect with good work ethic. still 2 stars though... i also think dotson from beach needs to be a priority.

Posted by 206er

4:23 PM, Aug 12, 2008

i almost forgot about kemp. i want romar to offer kemp! maybe elliot has more shooting range and beter tools or something

Posted by dawgncarolina

4:25 PM, Aug 12, 2008

screw u fag joel smith u sukt

Posted by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead

4:30 PM, Aug 12, 2008

Hey Guys- Tell me again why Jon Brockman will play in the NBA. I recently visited 6 different NBA mock drafts, and not a one has your prized Husky son as a part of it. I tried to post the links, but of course they censored the meatball from providing the reality facts. Matty, Grant, Randy, MT Husky, others, do you guys still think that is going to happen?

Posted by Husky19

4:55 PM, Aug 12, 2008


Why are you trying to drum up trouble. Brockman is a great college player and fun to watch. No one can argue his productivity in the PAC-10.

You are correct he is not a top NBA prospect because he is too small for the 4 position in the pros. Heck he would be small for a 3 at 6'7".

No use knocking what has turned out to be a great, humble, hard working, clean, fun-to-watch, productive player.

Plus he's a great kid, stays out of trouble and just works hard. This is the kind of kid you hope makes it in the NBA. Odds are against him but if all kids could have his integrity and character!

Posted by Randy

5:58 PM, Aug 12, 2008

Gosh Meatball, I don't recall saying much at all about Brockman's changes at making it to the NBA. I agree, he's too small to play in the post and can't shoot from outside to make his size work. He's not athletic in the sense he can't jump. His great rebounding is from strength, positioning and desire. He can only block a shot if you throw the ball against his arms.

That all being said, he's one of the greatest players we've had due to his inside presence. I love watching him play due to his hard work and desire. And to be honest, I prefer college ball over the pros so much I don't really care what happens after a player graduates. I hop he makes it to the NBA but I won't lose any sleep if he doesn't.

Posted by grant

6:01 PM, Aug 12, 2008

There is no reason he can't be at least as productive coming off the bench as Leon Powe or Big Baby Davis were for the Celtics. Both were undersized, but play with hustle and heart...sounds like the exact description of Brockman to me. Oh wait, Brockman is white, so he must suck...nice try Meat, but your closet racism is really shining today.

Posted by captain nasty dawg

6:40 PM, Aug 12, 2008

Patrick Femerling is playing for Germany in the Olympics. Remember when he and McCalough took the floor together? Fun times

Posted by Joey Fuschia

7:13 PM, Aug 12, 2008

Please don't ever bring up the name of Patrick Femerling again. UConn 1998.

Posted by johnnygoodtimes

8:35 PM, Aug 12, 2008

All the losers who talk negatively on message boards about college athletes should really get a life. If you have nothing good to say about a kid thats fine. What kind of zero would talk smack about a kid who got all his schooling paid, graduated in four years and wants to live in Hawaii for a year to earn a second, free degree. Repeat after me....would you like that Supersized?

Posted by Z

9:41 PM, Aug 12, 2008

Husky19, Randy and Grant - thanks for the good observations. I agree that Jon is at an awkward size for the pros - that doesn't detract from his college career. I really think he'd be a great TE for the NFL.
And meathead should worry about the pro career of Jennings after he leaves U of A. Maybe he can continue on his brilliant college career.

Posted by Cougfan

9:51 PM, Aug 12, 2008

WOW! I hink you should be attacking dawgncarolina for his homophobic remark. That is about as classless as it gets.

Posted by MT Husky

6:57 AM, Aug 13, 2008

I agree with Husky 19 and Grant completely Meatball. I've never been one who said Brockman is NBA material. That would thrill me for him if he did, for as they said I like everything about him and would love to see someone like him get a 'break' like that, but he'd have to really improve a couple areas of his game to find a spot on an NBA roster.

Posted by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead

8:30 AM, Aug 13, 2008

Sorry, I thought you guys were the ones that I was in an argument regarding Brockman's NBA prospects. Grant must have been one of them, but I recall a whole laundry list of posters who bought into that idea, but now you guys lurk in the shadows. No biggie. Seriously though Grant, check every 2009 Mock draft, Brockman is not even honorably mentioned.

Posted by Randy

9:17 AM, Aug 13, 2008

Come to think of it Meatball, I may have made some comparisons long ago concerning Brockman vs. Wes Unseld. He was also short but had a great carreer. But that was 30 years ago and much has changed. Paul Silas was that kind of player too. Would guys like Unseld & Silas make it to the NBA today? Maybe not in a 2 round draft.

Posted by jed

6:44 PM, Aug 13, 2008

Brockman will play in the NBA. There will always be a place for a player who gives 100% every night and knows how to effectively rebound. The man can rebound. Rebounding is not just about size. It's an art involving timing, desire, instinct, knowing how to disrupt adjacent players timing, positioning, closing speed on the ball, etc. Some have it and many don't. Unseld was all of 6'5" and Silas while I think 6'9" could only jump 1/2" off the floor when he got old but stlll was pulling down 19 rebounds often at the end of his career with the Sonics. Remember Rodman's needling of Shaq, " for a big man he doesn't rebound very well".

Brockman needs to develop a consistent jump hook with either hand and be able to get the ball up on the backboard quickly. The hook shot or jump hook (which is easier to shoot) is tough to block if the player has a wide body and is skilled. It's like the knuckleball in baseball very effective but very difficult to master

Posted by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead

8:16 AM, Aug 14, 2008

Keep dreaming Jed, keep dreaming

Posted by Jynne

8:48 AM, Aug 14, 2008


Joel isn't going to earn another degree! He has already graduated and his scholarship is only for a year. He is stalling to become an ADULT! Liek I said before he needs to grow up!

Posted by Scott

10:39 AM, Aug 14, 2008

He's 23. He has a chance to live in Hawaii for a year for free and also get additional free education. I say go for it. There is more to life than work.

Posted by johnnygoodtimes

1:27 PM, Aug 14, 2008

Jynne, do some research buddy. Graduate school is usually 30-36 credits of coursework. Take 4 quarters, 2-3 classes each. How many credits is that? My grade school math says 36 can be attained in four quarters. He can graduate in one year. Will he...well that's up to him. I'd be willing to bet he will given all the positive things I've heard about him as a person...

Who are you, the grow up police? Why start can do that the rest of your life!

Posted by mattysimone

4:17 PM, Aug 14, 2008

Yes meat jon will be a 1st round pick he will fullfill his 3 year contract comin off the bench and then will go to europe, china or russia. Money talks....The big stars will leave greedy sterns league least for a season or two. Good luck jon!

Posted by Jynne

8:48 AM, Aug 15, 2008


Check your fact! The scholarship is for undergraduate study, not grad school. So he would need at least 180 more to graduate whith another degree. Also depending on which program your grad school credits vary from 45 which is advanced standing to about 100. And for advanced standing you would need at least a 3.0 GPA which I know for a fact he doesn't have. I go to UW, with him.

Posted by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead

9:00 AM, Aug 15, 2008

Matty- provide me some proof where the experts project Brockman to be picked. You say the first round? God, you are dumber than I even thought.

Posted by johnnygoodtimes

7:34 PM, Aug 15, 2008

Jynne, you are clueless. Look at Chaminade's web site. A masters degree is 31 -36 credits.

Another reason you have no idea is because NCAA rules prohibit a player from graduating from a four year D-1 and enrolling at another school as an undergrad. Joel MUST attend grad school!

Posted by Jynne

3:19 PM, Aug 18, 2008


He didn't graduate, he just participated in the ceremony. Therefore he is be an undergrad. Just so he can play basketball. Also you must pass a test to even be able to go to graduate school. As a grad student I knwo for sure that the amount of credits varies a master in teach yeah 30-36 will suffice but an MBA for example 90 credits.

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