Jabari Smith Jr. is a long and athletic forward. he has a scoring mentality due to his lack of hesitation to get up his shots. In the half-court, Jabari is great at setting a ball screen or drag screen and instead of rolling to the basket, he flares to the 3pt line. Due to his ability to knocking down perimeter jumpers, he has great awareness recognizing when his defender overplays him on the perimeter. When his defender commits too far, he likes to shoot a one-dribble pull-up mid-range jumper off his left hand. In transition, Smith is not afraid of getting out and filling lanes to make himself an option to score. On the defensive end, his length allows him to play the passing lanes and intercept passes. For Smith to take his game to the next level, he must mature in recognizing when he has a smaller defender and playing in the mid or low post more often. Jabari struggles with finishing around the rim, but he can be an all-around offensive threat, however, he must develop in taking his defender off the dribble and finishing around the rim. When Jabari fills out more and becomes more aggressive off the dribble and in the low-post, he will be a great offensive asset.
19-20 GHSA Stats:
24.5 PTS || 10.8 REB || 1.6 AST || 1.3 STL || 50.3 FG% || 37.5 3PT% || 78.3 FT%
FIBA 2019 Americas Gold Medal
GHSA 1st Team All-State
FIBA 2019 Americas Gold Medal
GHSA 1st Team All-State
Tip-Off Classic - Atlanta, GA - 4/19/2019
Knocked down wing 3 from the left side of the court, alters shot at the rim. Not very confident putting the ball on the court but I can see improvement from the last time I saw him. Made another wing 3pt shot to start the 2nd half. Uses his length well as an interior defender, puts his hands straight up does not fall for pump fakes. Makes tough and1 driving left from the right-wing. Like to get into 1 dribble pull-up rhythm from the elbow. He is a willing passer, tries to play within himself, and does not force too much.
NBPA Top 100 - Charlottesville, VA- 6/11-14/2019
Impressed with his ability to mix it up for rebounds. He is talking on defense. Not moving his feet well in PnR action, letting the ball handler turn the corner.
USA Basketball - Colorado Springs, CO - 10/11-13/2019
Very skilled, can put the ball on the floor shot it off the catch, protect the paint and finish around the rim. He needs his body to catch up with his skill.
Hawks Naismith Holiday Classic - Norcross, GA - 12/13-14/2019
Make C&S 3 from the left corner on the first possession of the game. Attacking the closeout with 1 dribble pullup. Got his feet set quick on a nice transition pull-up 3 from the left-wing. Great awareness on a broken play as he finds a teammate under the basket for a layup. He's rushing his shots like he's not gonna get the ball back. Needs to show more patients. He settles for the 3pt shot too much, needs to put pressure on the defense. Was getting overplayed in the corner, set his defender up nicely for a backdoor with a 2 hand dunk finish with and1. Showed a little mean streak late in the game after getting trash-talked most of the game, he got fouled went up, and threw it down stong with the right hand and let him know it was gonna be none of that!
OTR The Opening - Atlanta, GA - 6/27/2020
Easy 2 hand dunk as he dives to the front of the rim. An easy layup in transition on the left side. Pump fake rip for a layup on the right side with contact. And 1. Block at the rim, tips out to a teammate for an easy dunk. Ast on transition dunk. Makes corner 3 at the buzzer to end the 1st half. Nice AST from the elbow to a wide-open teammate under the basket.
Tip-Off Classic - Atlanta - GA - 7/3-5/2020
Makes faceup elbow jumpers primarily on the R side. Blocks shots at the rim gather the reb & kicks out for easy transition dunks for his team. Makes a nice touch pass out of the post for a wide-open 3pt attempt. Monster on the defensive boards, he is snatching everything as well as altering shots at the rim. Makes pant jumper from elbow post. Post entry post up rips through R hook in ht lane. Blocking everything at the rim! makes R layup in transition with a body bump! Makes pull-up jumper, shoulder shake jab R wing. Def reb push in transition euro in the lane. Runs the floor catches lob on the R side. Strong rip through from the elbow, muscles up strong for easy finish layup on the right side. Makes trail C&S 3 from the top of the key. Makes a tough turnaround jumper in the lane, fouled and1-1. Ast on post entry pass. Catches lob on the L side with two hands.
GA Elite Fall League - Emerson, GA - 10/3/2020
Block and def reb. Ast in the lane for corner 3 as he drew 2 defenders. Steal at half court, pushes the ball with the R hand, attacks back-peddling defender draws fouled 2-2. Makes top of the key 3 on the trail. Push the ball in transition, attacks on the R side finishes at the rim with contact. Blocks shot at the rim, stays vertical.
Pangos All-American Festival 4 - Phoenix, AZ - 11/7-8/2020
Smith was the best player on the south team in both halves IMO, he guarded Perry and Banchero effectively and out hustled them, He was a pest on D and gave them little room to get going offensively, He was extremely bouncy having impressive hops, his body may be small in comparison to KP and PB but he used his frame, athleticism, and size to be extremely effective, He showed good post moves and finished well in and around the rim, good shot and range out to 3 point land, ran the court well in transition making the bigger defenders have to work, had a super quick second jump to get a few putbacks, created contact well and could finish effectively in traffic, rebounded and boxed out well. Smith won MVP of the championship game.
GA Elite Fall League - Emerson, GA - 10/17/2020
Ast of mid-post as he drew two defenders, hits cutter coming from the top of the key. Makes 1 dribble pull up at the FT line, attacking from the R wing. Makes C&S 3 from the top of the key as the trail man in early o. Makes C&S long 2pt shot from the R wing. Make C&S 3 on PnP action. Fouled on a drive from the l wing makes 2-2. Makes a tough layup with 3 defenders hanging all over him. Makes two-hand dunk off drive & drop. Makes two hand layup up off PnR actions.