|Team: TX A&M Corpus Christi|
H: 6' 3"|
W: 190 lbs
(25 Years Old)
Current: G |
High School: Grace Prep
Hometown: Miami, FL
This game was the epitome of what made Smith a first rounder in 2007. His combination of athleticism, size, and shooting touch was on full display today, and this game is an example of what Smith can do if he reaches his potential. The young power forward has never been on to show major glimpses in terms of production, which is what makes this game such an interesting representation of what he has to offer. Smith drilled numerous jump shots, showing the touch the made some believe that he could develop NBA three-point range. He displayed a nice turnaround jumper, but primarily acted as a catch and shoot outlet today for his teammates driving to the basket. Defensively, Smith kept a lot base when defending the ball and boxing out, allowing him to neutralize Washington’s quality big men on some occasions. He had some problems defending Andray Blatche, and doesn’t have great footwork defensively when his man faces up. Overall, this game offered a glimpse of what Smith can do when the flow of game suits his skills. He’ll need to develop his repertoire and aggressiveness to show these same glimpses on the NBA level.[Read Full Article]
Smith came through with a nice performance today. Unlike past contests, Smith showed good hustle today, running back on defense on every play and getting his hands on a handful of loose balls. While he’s not always the most focused player, it was nice to see Smith show some scrappiness. His play today offensive was encouraging, outside of a fadeaway turnaround that didn’t draw iron. Smith still needs to learn how to use his athleticism to get to the rim when he posts up, not go away from it. He also needs to be stronger with the ball, as he gets tripped far too often. Defensively, he leaves a lot to be desired, failing to use leverage when boxing out and committing too hard in help side.[Read Full Article]
Smith had a very nice outing today, using his incredible combination of size and athleticism to put together a nice overall performance. He is a capable offensive player due to his touch, but needs to develop a mean streak to even reach his potential. He’s got a solid repertoire that includes some spin moves that get him separation due to his impressive quickness. His aggressiveness leaves a lot to be desired, and it almost seems like he gives up after he makes a play, letting the ball go when he meets contact in the lane of allowing his man to score after blocking his shot. Though Smith has intimidating size, he will commit some unnecessary fouls by reaching over on post shooters. If the light ever turns on for Smith, he’s got all the tools to be a very good player on both ends.[Read Full Article]
Although he’s technically still testing the waters at the time this article was published, every indication we’re receiving says that there is absolutely no chance at all that Smith will be returning to Colorado State for his senior year.
Skilled Colorado State 7-footer Jason Smith is a hard prospect to catch, so games like last weekend’s against San Diego State are a special treat. It has been a while since this writer has taken in Smith, and it appears that his game hasn’t changed all that much in recent months, for better or worse.
Against the Sun Devils, Smith displayed most of everything that has kept scouts in the gym at Colorado State games over the past two seasons. His turnaround jumper would be an impressive weapon for any post player, let alone a 7-footer with the impressive touch and frame of Smith. He can create his own shot from virtually anywhere inside the 3-point arc, and looks great doing it. Smith has an impressive feel for the game once he gets into his move, utilizing good body control and timing to finish plays around the basket. While he isn’t an overly impressive athlete at this stage, Smith does an adequate job on the boards and alters his fair share of shots.
Unfortunately, several of the areas we had hoped to see development in remain issues. First of all, while Smith has a phenomenal frame for a skill-oriented 7-footer, he really needs add strength. He runs the court decently well, but struggles to get moving and doesn’t appear to handle physical defense very well. Smith has the potential to develop his body to the point where he is an above-average athlete in the NBA, but it would be nice to see a bit more improvement over the past two offseasons.
Furthermore, while Smith puts up excellent all-around numbers, he probably doesn’t impact the game as much as he could. Part of this is the sub-par team he plays for, but Smith generally scores his points in short spurts. He rarely makes the blue-collar play, and routinely gets himself into foul trouble.
This makes it hard to shed any light on Jason Smith’s status as a 2007 draft prospect at the moment. The 7-footer still has quite a bit of developing to do, so it is easy to see him sticking around another year considering how many big men could make the jump this spring. At the same time, how much more can Smith do to improve his stock playing for Colorado State? At some point, either Smith as an individual or the Rams as a team must get to that next level, and it should be interesting to see what he can do to push his stock to the point where testing the waters would be a worthwhile venture.