Jonathan Smith Names Top Seven

Jonathan Smith, a 2009 6-7, 185 pound power forward, is one of the top seniors-to-be in central Ohio. Last year for Grove City High School outside of Columbus, Smith averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds per game. Next season, Smith is looking for Grove City to do some damage. Smith said, "I will have good senior year because of the coaches and the seniors returning."

Jonathan Smith, a 2009 6-7, 185 pound power forward, is one of the top seniors-to-be in central Ohio. Last year for Grove City High School outside of Columbus, Smith averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds per game.

Next season, Smith is looking for Grove City to do some damage. Smith said, "I will have good senior year because of the coaches and the seniors returning."

This summer, Smith played AAU ball with the King James Stars based in Northeast Ohio. "We had a good July," Smith said. "We finished second in the Gold Bracket in West Virginia. Then we won a small tournament in Akron and finished in the Elite 8 in the Main Event in Las Vegas."

Jonathan Smith describes his game as an "athletic hustler" who likes diving on floors and doing the "dirty work." Smith said, "Coaches have compared me to (Ohio State's) Othello Hunter." College coaches have told him they want to see him be more aggressive.

Off the court, Smith says he is a video game junkie. His favorite game is Madden 2K2. He even watches Madden Nation on ESPN. Smith comes from an athletic family. His sister Tami (Smith) Harris ran track at Ohio State. Tami married former Bowling Green star quarterback Joshua Harris.

Smith is now beginning to seriously look at colleges. He currently has a 2.4 GPA and scored a 17 on the ACT on his only try. He plans on taking the test again soon and is vigorously trying to improve the score. In fact, he indicated he was taking a short break from studying for the test to do this interview with RedHawk Insider.

In college, Smith is thinking about majoring in communications. Smith is a very polished speaker and would like to use that skill to be a broadcaster.

The schools that are recruiting Smith include Miami (OH), Ohio, St. Louis, Kent State, Xavier, James Madison, Wright State, Nevada, and Bowling Green. He has offers from all of those schools except Xavier and Nevada.

Smith does not have a particular leader, but has a top 6.5. Smith said, "My top six in no particular order are Ohio, Bowling Green, Kent, St. Louis, Xavier and either James Madison or Wright State as the sixth." Smith mentioned those seven schools are the ones recruiting him the hardest.

Smith has already unofficially visited St. Louis, Ohio, and Bowling Green. All three visits went very well. Smith said, "I loved all the campuses. All the coaches are great." Smith has an official visit scheduled with St. Louis at the end of the month.

Jonathan Smith will make a decision this fall after taking all five of his allowed official visits. He is looking for a school with a fast paced offense, a strong strength and conditioning program, and good academics.


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