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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