Jason Smith: NBA Draft Profile

    
May 15th, 2007

NBA Draft: Jason Smith

 

College: Colorado State

Class: Junior

Stats: ESPN.com 

 

Position: PF/C

Height: 7”0”

Weight: 240lbs

 

Accolades: First Team All-Mountain West (07), CHN First Team High-Major All-American Team (07), First Team All-Mountain West (06), Mountain West Freshman of the Year (05), Honorable Mention All-Mountain West (05), Two-time State Player of the Year – Colorado – high school.

 

Scouting Report: An athletic 7-footer.

 

Strengths: Very athletic for his size – can get up and down the floor.  Good range on his jumper.  Good passer out of the double team.  Decent back-to-the-basket post moves – nice spin move.  Very good rebounder.  Double-double threat – averaged double figures in points and rebounds and finished off the season with eight straight double-doubles.  Good shotblocker.  Very good free throw shooter. 

 

Weaknesses: Still needs to get stronger and bigger.  Very turnover prone, especially for a big man – had eight games with five of more turnovers this year.  Can be very foul happy.  The MWC is a good league, but he didn’t go against many guys with close to his size.  Game still needs work – it takes big men longer to develop.

 

Projected 2007 Draft Range: Mid to late first round pick.

 

Consensus:  Smith is an athletic 7-footer with a nice shooting touch, which is something NBA teams like.  While his game still needs work, with some added strength and speed he should be a good pro.

 

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