Name: Jarquez Smith
Weight: 225 lbs
Twitter Handle: @HoopKing22 (protected account)
2012-13 Season Stats (Senior Year of HS): 16.3 ppg, 12.4 rpg, 7.5 bpg
Prognostication: The only thing standing in Jarquez Smith’s way of becoming a freshman sensation, is that he plays the same position as Florida State’s best player, Okaro White. With that said, it’s not like you can’t play two 6’8″/6’9″ players together, especially not when they both spread the floor on the offensive end. A 4/5 with more of a 3′s offensive skill set, Smith has been less touted for his stroke than he has for his defensive presence, but that doesn’t mean he won’t bring Leonard Hamilton another scoring option. Best case scenario, the ESPN Top-100 prospect (No. 78) may be able to offer the offense of Al Thornton with the defense of Chris Singleton. We. Shall. See.
Strengths: It’s hard to prognosticate a player who people haven’t seen play yet without mentioning their positives, so, Smith was a fierce shot-blocker in high school (Jones County HS, GA), and can really shoot the ball. I’m not saying he’s Dirk, but for a guy with Smith’s size, Hamilton loves his ability to face up, and will more than likely pair him with Kiel Turpin to spread the floor, and give up minimal looks around the basket.
Weaknesses: The biggest knock on Jarquez Smith seems to be his lack of aggressiveness around the basket. Aside from in transition, it’s very rare to see Smith set up shop, or even catch the ball on the block, which is something he should be more comfortable doing considering his size and apparent touch. Although he doesn’t seem to hesitate when it comes to firing up long jumpers, playing with guys like Ian Miller, Devon Bookert, and fellow freshman Xavier Zathan-Mayes on the wing should push Smith closer to the basket, where if he puts in the work, he should really be able to contribute.
FSU Fun Fact: Both Al Thornton and Chris Singleton are from Georgia, which helped build Coach Hamilton’s reputation in the state, helping him land Smith.
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