Smith at Southern Jam Fest

HAMPTON, Va. – Sports U/Team IZOD represented the state of New Jersey quite well at The Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest this weekend. All three of its teams advanced to the semifinals of their respective age groups (U15, U16 and U17).

The program has a few players who are being pursued by the St. Joe's Hawks, one of whom is class of 2014 prospect Tarin Smith. A member of the U17 team, Smith is a 6-foot-1 point guard out of St. Anthony's High School in Jersey City, N.J.

Right off the bat, one thing that one likes about Smith is that he is from winning programs. St. Anthony's is arguably the best high school program in the nation and his Sports U team has done a whole lot of winning the last couple years.

While Smith is not a player who will wow observers in any particular way, he is a guy who is sound all-around in the backcourt. The senior-to-be runs the point well and does a nice job of staying composed and under control. A bit on the thin side, Smith could use a bit more bulk, but it does not seem to hold him back too much right now.

He is a pretty smart player who can handle the basketball and possesses good enough quickness. Smith displayed a nice floater in the lane, which can be a very valuable tool for a guard and will aid him going forward.

Smith does have some ability to shoot the rock from 3-point range, but he does not go to the jump shoot very frequently. The question then becomes if he can utilize his shot well enough to keep defenders honest at the next level and not play off of him too much.

At the defensive end, Smith can more than hold his own. He works on the perimeter and is not afraid to extend his defensive effort to well beyond the 3-point line if needed. Smith is not a guy who will be a liability when it comes to playing defense.

Overall, Smith is a solid prospect and one who can make a coach feel comfortable when he has the ball in his hands.

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