Elite Forward Jabari Smith Jr. is Has All the Tools

Jason Jordan

Sandy Creek (Tyrone, Ga.) forward Jabari Smith is Mr. Versatility, with the innate ability to dominate the game inside and out.

Smith is the classic new age forward with a lean build who gets up and down the floor quickly and thrives in transition as well as the half-court set.

As a low post scorer, Smith has a plethora of different moves and he’s masterful at using his quickness and agility to get past slower bigs. He’s developed a consistent hook shot and gets up and continues to improve his strength, giving him the ability to finish through contact more consistently.

Last summer at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship, Smith averaged 13.8 points and 6.2 rebounds and helped USA Basketball to a gold medal.

Smith thrives in the pick-and-pop and has a consistent perimeter jump shot. Smith is deadly from the high post on both elbows, facing-up and going by defenders to finish with an efficient short pull-up jump shot.

On the defensive end, Smith is adept at changing shots and has strong timing on his blocks which keeps him out of foul trouble.

As a rebounder, Smith uses his long arms and strong positioning to snag boards efficiently and makes strong passes to get out in transition. Smith had a strong junior campaign and managed big games against some of the country’s top bigs, his versatility makes him an immediate-impact player at the next level. His ability to burn the defense inside and out makes him a can’t miss prospect in the junior class.

That much is evident in his list of potential college suitors: Florida State, LSU, Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Georgetown, Duke, Arizona State and Kentucky.

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