Sanford Scouting Report

Scott takes a look at three SMU hoops prospects in his latest Sanford Scouting Report.

Jarrey Foster- SG/SF, North Shore HS (TX)

Scoring: Foster, who was just offered by SMU, has got the height and length to be a dangerous slasher at the collegiate level. The Houston native does a nice job of staying under control when dribbling and driving, and he finishes well around the rim. While he’s only 6-foot-5, Foster likes to play inside the paint and can even play well with his back to the basket. One portion of his game Foster needs to work on is his shooting. If Foster is going to be a successful four-year player on the wing, he’s going to have to learn to knock down some shots from 18-feet and beyond.

Playmaking Ability: Despite his recent ACL tear, Foster’s athletic ability makes him a big time playmaker. Foster has good vision off of the dribble and is a fine passer. Plus, Foster does a nice job of keeping his balance on the offensive side of the ball, so he is always under control. On the defensive side of the ball, Foster is an up-in-your-face type player and can put the pressure on when he needs to.

Defense: Yes, he’s only 6-foot-5, but Foster plays big and can man up on the defensive side of the ball. Foster has active hands, which allows him to disrupt the passing lanes and get his hands on the ball while the player he guards tries to make a play.

Offers: SMU, Rice and Louisiana-Lafayette.
Measureables: 6-5, 190
Ranking: Not rated by Scout, but a class of 2015 three-star wing on Rivals.

Trevon Duval- PG, Saint Benedict’s Prep (Del.)

Scoring: For being just a sophomore, Duval has a very developed offensive game. The point guard does a great job penetrating the defense off the dribble and finishing strong even around the big guys down low. Duval also does a nice job of creating separation between him and his defender. The Delaware native doesn’t take a lot of outside shots, but he can hit them on a consistent basis. Duval’s is dangerous on the offensive side of the ball because of his speed and finishing ability.

Playmaking Ability: Being one of the top-ranked point guards in the 2017 class, there’s no question Duval has incredible playmaking ability. Duval does a nice job of staying under control while also using his speed to his advantage on both the defensive and offensive sides of the court. Offensively, Duval has great vision and does a nice job of finding his teammates in traffic. Defensively, Duval is constantly in your face and does a nice job of anticipating and stealing passes, leading to transition baskets.

Defense: Duval’s takes advantage of his athleticism on the defensive side of the ball. The point guard uses his speed to get into passing lanes quickly, and can even block shots in the paint because of his leaping ability. Duval also does a nice job of saying in front of the player he is guarding.

Offers: SMU, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Villanova, Miami, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.
Measureables: 6-2, 183
Ranking: A four-star according to Scout in the class of 2017.

Nych Smith- PG, White Station HS (TN)

Scoring: Despite his small stature, Smith has a nice offensive game with a couple of things going for him. The point guard uses his speed and quickness to get to the hoop and does a nice job of finishing around the rim. Smith also has the ability to shoot from long range and isn’t afraid to pull up from anywhere around the court. The one knock on Smith is obviously his size, which hurts him when he goes up against bigger point guards.

Playmaking Ability: Smith does a nice job of creating opportunities for his teammates when he gets into the paint, but he’s going to have to learn to distribute a little better. He has the tendency to shoot more often than not, which leads to bad shots sometimes. In the open court, Smith does have nice vision and can find the open teammate. Smith’s speed, quickness and agility make up for his lack of size and help him make plays that a point guard needs to make.

Defense: Smith’s size hurts him here, and he isn’t very long, but his quickness allows him to stay in front of the guy he defends. He’s not an elite defender by any means, but Smith will pester you with him hands and keep you working for your points. Because of his lack of size, Smith can get pushed around by the bigger point guards.

Offers: Texas A&M, Clemson, Wichita State, St. Louis, Toledo, UConn, UMass, FIU, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Memphis.
Measureables: 5-10, 175
Ranking: three-star in the class of 2015

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