Before the start of the season Joshua Smith was thought of to be an immoveable force in the middle of the UCLA paint.
Smith hasn't been able to have such success through UCLA's first six games, with a lot of his moves being made towards the UCLA bench. He can't get out of his own way.
Through six games, he has committed 21 fouls. He's had at least three fouls in every game and fouled out in the loss to Kansas. In some instances, he's late to give help, in other occurrences he feels it's just tough luck.
"In the Kansas game, I tried to take a charge three times and they were three blocks. I watched film, it might have looked like I was moving at the last second. I just got to stay on my feet and wall up," said Smith.
Undeniable is his conditioning, which has contributed to his foul struggles. Head coach Ben Howland puts it bluntly, saying his center "has to get in better condition."
With the enormous expectations around him, Smith has looked a shell of the player he was at the...