Basketball Recruiting Profile: Jamar Smith

Allegany College's Jamar Smith (6-9, 230) is the type of inside force that the Mountaineer program hopes to sign for the 2002 season.

Smith, who will be playing his second season at Allegany this winter, is rated by many as one of the top returning power forward prospects in the junior college ranks this year. The multitalented Smith, who has played all three frontcourt positions over his career, has grown from 6-6 to 6-9 over the past three years.

Allegany finished second at the NJCAA Tournament this past March, and Smith was one of the parts that fueled the Trojans' march to the championship game. He averaged 7.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in the 2000-2001 season.

Jamar Smith
Smith was a high school star at Overbrook High School in New Jersey, where he was a four year starter for head coach Chuck Morciano. He racked up a number of honors as a senior, including first team all-conference, all-South Jersey and all-state selections while averaging 25 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and four assists.

As a junior, he as just as impressive for the Rams, recording 23 points and 14 rebounds per game and earning first team all-conference, second team all-South Jersey and honorable mention all-state recognition. Smith was team captain and MVP during both his junior and senior seasons, and finished his high school career with more than 1,800 points and 1,000 rebounds.

Smith has an impressive list of schools chasing him, but WVU is still high on the list. Others joining the Mountaineers in looking for his services are Maryland, LaSalle, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Xavier.

WVU's stiffest challenge for Smith figures to come from Maryland, which has lengthy ties with the Allegany program.

Photo courtesy Allegany Junior College

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