McDonald's All-American led Oak Hill to 38-0 season

Updated: April 20, 2004, 8:33 PM ET
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MOUTH OF WILSON, Va. -- Indiana recruit Josh Smith will skip college and enter the NBA draft.

Smith, a 6-foot-8, 214-pound forward at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, signed a national letter of intent with the Hoosiers in November.

"After discussions with my family and coaches, I believe that entering the NBA draft is the best decision for me and my family," Smith said Tuesday in a statement.

"We support Josh and his family in this decision, and we wish him nothing but the best. Josh is a special talent with a long and successful future in front of him," Indiana coach Mike Davis said.

"I have enjoyed getting to know Josh and his family over the last few years, and even though he will not play at Indiana, he will always be a part of the IU Basketball Family."

Smith played in the McDonald's All-American game after leading Oak Hill to a 38-0 record. He averaged 22 points, eight rebounds, three steals, four assists and six blocks.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.