Profile - J.J. Smith
After playing his sophomore year at EE Smith in Fayetteville, North Carolina, shooting guard J.J. Smith will be playing his junior year at Pebblebrook High School outside of Atlanta. Five schools are getting Smith’s early attention.
We talked to Southern Stampede AAU Coach Rasheed Wesley about Smith’s recruitment. Coach Wesley feels that one of J.J.’s strengths is his floor awareness. “You can play him at three positions.” Smith has played all three of the perimeter positions. “I consider him one of the most underrated players in the country.”
Point guard is the position that Smith would like to play in college. He enjoys setting up his teammates. Coach Wesley refers to J.J. as a point forward. “I see a young man that grows each season at both the AAU and high school level.” Coach Wesley compares Smith’s play to that of Tyreke Evans.
Smith had a really good Tulane visit and he really liked his time at Georgia Tech. “He has a good relationship with the coaches there.” J.J. is looking for coaches that can coach him up to the next level. “He doesn’t care if he has to play all four years or just one to realize that dream, the dream of playing in the NBA.”
There are several things that Smith will be looking for in choosing a school. He’ll be looking for a school that is in or very close to an NBA city. “He wants NBA scouts to be able to see him play.” J.J. will also be looking at each schools’ roster. Finally, he’ll be looking for coaches that develop their players.
A school choice won’t be made until after Smith has taken all five of his official visits. J.J. hasn’t decided if he’ll make an early signing period decision. “If he hasn’t narrowed it down by the end of the early signing period, then he’ll sign in the late signing period.”
At the present time, Smith is focused on his junior season and doesn’t have any plans to visit new schools or make return visits to schools he’s already visited. “I think we will see him visit schools after his junior season and before the AAU season begins.”