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Dennis Smith Jr.

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Name: Dennis Smith Jr.

School: North Carolina State

Season: Freshman

ESPN High School Ranking: 4 (2016)

Birthdate: November 25, 1997 (19)

Birthplace: Godwin, North Carolina


- Father, Dennis Sr., a single parent, moved family to Godwin (close to Fayetteville) when Dennis Jr. was 6

- Very close with his father - taught him how to play and always coached his teams

- Older sister played D-II basketball at Fayetteville State

High School: Trinity Christian High School


- 2015 North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year

Twitter: Dennis4Smith

Instagram: desmith4

Height: 6'3

Weight: 195

Wingspan: 6'3 (taken from 2014 USA Basketball Camp)

Standing Reach: 8'1

Injury History: Tore ACL in left knee in August 2015

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Appears to be a good kid - always joking with players on the court and smiling

- Grew up an NC State fan

- "I was born to be a winner, it's just in my bloodline" - appears to have a good attitude

- Competitive

Freshman Season Stats: Through 22 games

- 19 PPG

- 6.5 APG

- 4.4 RPG

- 2.2 SPG

- 45% FG

- 37% 3

- 72% FT


- 2nd in points produced per game and made free throws in the ACC in 2016-17

- 3rd in free throw attempts in the ACC in 2016-17

Position: PG

Greatest Strength: Quickness + Athleticism

Greatest Weakness: 3 point shooting

Athleticism: 9

Aggression: 8

Speed: 9

Strength: 7

Lateral Movement: 7

Basketball IQ: 8

Switchability: 5

3 point shooting: 7

Jumpshot: 7

Ability to finish at the rim: 9

Post moves: N/A

Handle: 7

Passing: 8

Rebounding: 6

Motor: 8

Touch: 7

Hands: 7

On ball defense: 6 (lots of room for growth)

Help defense: 5

Steals: 7

Blocks: 4

Pick and Roll: 

- Usually uses the ball screen to score - good pullup midrange jumper and incredible attacker

- With a pick-and-pop player in the NBA will be unstoppable and create wide open jumpers for his big

- Does a solid job slipping around ball screens and staying with his man without fouling

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Very quick off the dribble

- Scoring guard

- Elite scorer using ball screens

- Elite finisher at the rim

- Turnover prone - makes poor passing/playmaking decisions

- Immature - takes unnecessary risks off ball defensively and sometimes doesn't try on D

- Good on ball defender

- Picks up dribble too early/often

- Can shoot midrange but needs to improve shooting consistency, especially from deep

Game Analysis: 

- vs. Illinois

- #1 Jaylon Tate

- #21 Malcolm Hill

- #5 Jalen Coleman-Land

- #13 Tracy Abrams

- #3 Te'Jon Lucas

- Left ball screen, pullups up for FT line jumper - miss

- Turns over post feed right to Illinois player - terrible pass

- Left ball screen at top of key, gets deep in the paint, elevates but tries to make difficult dumpoff pass and turns it over - still clearly very athletic - quick first step off the screen and bouncy elevation

- Great lateral movement on Hill staying infront of him and forcing fadeaway, then contested shot

- Good help defense gets infront of lane runner and strips him

- Denies right ball screen, beats defender, in and out dribble to fake out help and drives to hoop for left handed layup - clearly prefers going left

- Uses left ball screen again, gets inside 3 point line, steps back and hits deep jumper

- Another turnover tries to thread ball to roller between defender's legs

- Denies screen, splits the defenders, flies in for finger-roll at the rim - covered a ton of distance off one dribble - incredible athleticism

- Catch and shoot right 45 3 deep - miss

- Uses another ball screen right, looks for open shooter at left 45 but bad pass - turnover

- Catches ball near half in transition, euro steps right-left keeps ball up and lays it up - goaltended - again covers a lot of space in the air

- Blocked driving left, but showed great quickness again beating his defender and first line of help

- Tries to deny one pass away beyond perimeter, gets beaten backdoor  

- Another turnover coming off straightaway right ball screen, dribbled right into multiple defenders

- Runs clock down vs. zone at end of half, pullups up for deep right 45 3 - miss

- Poor job fighting around off ball screens defensively - effort not there on D

- When teammate injured he was first to be there making sure he was OK

- Jumps on pump fake at 3 point line, gets blown by

- Good job fighting through 2 off ball screens to stop shooter #5 - he is capable, all about effort

- Ball screen left deep 45 vs zone, gets around help defender showing but blocked at rim - zone is killing them

- Bringing ball up before zone set up, drives left right around defender, help comes, drives through him but called a block - first step is elite NBA, nobody can stay infront of him - FTs 2/2

- Found open shooter ahead in transition in corner - miss

- In transition went 1 on 4, in out dribble to get into lane and drive left, stripped before he could go up

- Straightaway drive, help comes, right layup blocked

- Block called dribbling around 3 point line 1 and 1 - FTs 2/2

- Zone took him and team out of the game

NBA Comparison: Kemba Walker

Current Ability: 7

Projection as an NBA Player: 9

Projected Draft Spot: Lottery

Opinion: Smith's ability to run an offense has gotten better as the season has progressed. He is already a great scorer with elite blowby and finishing ability. As expected, he is inconsistent. Smith can be an NBA superstar if he stays healthy.