Player: Jalen Smith
School: Mount St. Joseph
Athleticism: Smith has great length, runs the court well, has solid quickness and a decent vertical. He'll have to spend a great deal of time in the weight room.
Shooting: "Sticks" spends most of his time in the paint, but has shown the ability to step out to 18 feet and knock down jumpers.
Ball-handling: Smith's handle is good enough, though, again, he's not asked to do much in the open court with the ball.
Rebounding: The effort is there. He'll box out and do what's needed on the boards, but the lack of bulk and strength hurts him at this point. That should not be a problem going forward assuming natural physical maturation.
Defense: Smith will be an intimidator in time. He's got the length and possesses good timing to block shots.
Passing: I've been impressed with his floor vision and his ability to find others when double teamed.
Intangibles: As with MSJ teammate Darryl Morsell, Smith is well schooled in the fundamentals by MSJ Coach Pat Clatchey. He has a very unassuming personality, plays hard, and shows no desire to play outside of the team concept. By all accounts, Jalen Smith is a quality young man and student.
Summary: As Smith matures, we should see all the parts of his game come together as he gets stronger. I see him as a quality face-up 4-man in time, who should be an impact guy early on in his college career. He should have his pick of colleges given his skill level and academic credentials.