Orono G Jordan Smith Gets Recruiting Looks

Jordan Smith, a 6-foot-1 sophomore guard from Long Lake (MN) Orono, is one of the state's top players in the Class of 2011. Smith was a freshman starter for the Spartans and helped lead the 43 Hoops 15-and-under team to the Twin Cities Summer Classic title and a runner-up spot in the adidas Super 64 Tournament. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Smith to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Jordan Smith helped lead the 43 Hoops Carr AAU team to the 15-and-under Twin Cities Summer Classic division title with an 80-53 victory over the Madison Spartans as he scored 15 points.

Smith scored 15 points as Playaz Basketball Club White defeated 43 Hoops 63-59 to win adidas 15-and-under title in Las Vegas. They had knocked off the highly ranked Ohio Basketball Club 68-65 in the semifinals to advance to the title game.

Smith helped lead Orono to a 19-8 mark last season as a freshman, losing to Minneapolis DeLaSalle 57-48 in the first round of the playoffs. He averaged 16.5 points per game, scoring in double figures in 20 of 26 games last season. Smith socred 20 or more points 11 times, including a season-high 30 points versus Glencoe Silver-Lake

Smith is averaging 21.0 points per game this year. He scored just three points against Christ Household of Faith as he was slowed by an ankle injury. He has shined since that game, scoring 23 points versus St. Michael-Albertville, 20 points against St. Paul Harding, 26 versus Heritage, 15 against Watertown-Mayer, 23 versus Murray County Central, 22 against North Branch and 22 points versus Wayzata.

Smith told GoldenSports.Net that he is hearing from a variety of schools.

"Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa State, Pepperdine, Santa Clara and Notre Dame," he said. "Memphis sent me a letter earlier. They have not really talked to me much, just letters. Purdue was there a lot this summer, so they were a big one. Them and Wisconsin are the two biggest ones so far."

Smith attended the Minnesota Gopher Advanced Camp and was at a recent Gopher basketball game. He has made several other trips to college campuses.

"We went out to Pepperdine and watched their Midnight Madness. That was cool. We went to Wisconsin football game this fall," he said.

Smith was hampered in the early part of the season with an ankle injury.

"I twisted my ankle pretty bad in the fall league," Smith said. "I am still recovering a little bit from that. I'm probably 90 percent back."

Smith said that he is pleased with his play so far this season.

"I feel OK. I still feel one-dimensional from the standpoint that I am shooting a lot of threes. I still need to work on my ballhandling and stuff, but I have been shooting pretty well," he said. "Hopefully, as the year goes along and the next couple of years, I'll get more comfortable going to the basket."

Smith said that he is working hard on improving his all-around game.

"Like I said, the ballhandling. In practice every day, I just focus on going to the hoop, instead of just spotting up and shooting all the time, which I know I can do that already," he said. "I need to just work on the rest of my game and be well-rounded."

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