Basketball Tigers Target 2013 Big Man

The Missouri Tigers have been recruiting and offered a talented big man for the 2013 basketball recruiting class. ShowMeMizzou.com introduces you to him and breaks down his game and recruitment.

The Missouri Tigers have shown interest in talented 2013 PF Jarquez Smith  6'9'  220  Gray (GA)  Jones County, who currently plays for the Georgia Stars AAU team.

Jarquez Smith's father confirmed that Missouri has offered his son a scholarship.

Smith also has offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgetown, Georgia, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and South Carolina, in addition to Missouri, among others.

"I'm concerned about him getting an education,"  explained the elder Smith, who indicated that Missouri has received a "thumbs up" in that regard. 

Smith is an athletic big man who can stretch the floor with his jump shot.  His high school coach says that he's an elite level talent who is a bit under the radar.

ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Jones County Coach Dennis Woolfolk, and he talked about Jarquez Smith.

"He's a super kid,"  said Coach Woolfolk, talking about Smith.   "He's always smiling, no ego.  He works hard.  Everybody loves him.  He's just a super kid!"

"I'm expecting some real good things out of him next year,"  said Coach Woolfork.

"He has a seven-foot-one wing span,"  said Coach Woolfolk.   "He can handle the basketball.  He can play one through five."

"I think his natural position is the three position,"  continued Coach Woolfolk.   "I think he's a natural three.  He can shoot the three-pointer.  He can handle the ball.  His passing is exceptional!  For me, that's the part of his game that really stands out.  He'll make passes that make me wonder, "how did he see that?"  A lot of times when teams pressed us, he'd be the one who brought the ball up……………………………………………………..  And, he's a natural shot-blocker.  His game is real nice!"

"I've had people telling me that Jarquez should be scoring 40 points per game,"  related Coach Woolfolk.   "And, he could!  If he went out there, and he wanted to score forty, he could.  But, his instincts kick in, and he sees people open, and he makes the right pass at the right time.  He plays defense the way that he's supposed to play it.  His game's balanced.  He had a few twenty-five, thirty-point games for us.  But, he averages right around fourteen, fifteen points per game.  He'll get seven or eight assists.  He'll get four or five blocks.  And, he'll get double-figure rebounds."

"He's something to behold,"  said Coach Woolfolk.   "He has a lot of talent!  I can't wait until he goes to that next level, you know, where he can get the specific training that he needs, the nutrition, and everything's monitored, and he's sleeping right and doing the things that he's supposed to do.  I can't wait until he gets to that, so that you can really see the talent come out!"

The elder Smith indicated that Jarquez does not have a current favorite, but that his son is likely to sign in November.

Smith has already visited Florida State and Georgia, and he's planning to visit more schools within the next few months.

ShowMeMizzou.com will have more on Jarquez Smith later.


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