BrandonClayScouting: Player Card – Javonte Smart

Class of 2018 point guard Javonte Smart of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is one of the nation's elite. Photo cred - Jon Lopez/Nike

Class of 2018 point guard Javonte Smart of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is one of the nation’s elite. Photo cred – Jon Lopez/Nike


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USA Basketball MJNT October Minicamp

Photo cred: USA Basketball

Javonte Smart (Baton Rouge, Louisiana.), Scotlandville Magnet/ Beast Mode – 2018
Height: 6’4″

Position: Point Guard
Committed College: Undecided
Star Grade:
5-star

 


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By: @JLHemingwayPSB & @BrandonClayPSB

BrandonClayScouting.com Player Evaluations

Date: October 4, 2015
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: USA Basketball Mini-Camp (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Smart has settled into his role as a bigger PG. Like we notes earlier in the year, he is at his best as a facilitating point guard. His outside shot is still a work in progress but the size / handle make him an elite player at the position right now.

Date: October 4, 2015
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: USA Basketball U16 Trials (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Smart is a bigger option more than willing to play the point guard position. His jump shot has a bit of a hitch in it as he releases from his chin right now. Smart is a physical guard who defended the other point guards in camp tough.

Date: May 24, 2015
Evaluator: Jonathan Hemingway
Location: Nike EYBL Session IV (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Smart is an elite handler of the basketball. He can handle pressure without being sped up. He shows poise while also being able to get others involved. He is not a great shooter at the moment as he finished shooting 33% from the field during the circuit season. His 66% from the line is further proof that he has some mechanical issues with his release. He averaged 10.5 points and 3.6 assists this year while playing versus 2016 grads as a 2018 prospect.

Date: May 23, 2015
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: Nike EYBL Session IV (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Smart is a point guard with great size at the position. He is playing the role of a big guard even two years behind most of the comp on the floor. Smart has the length and emerging ball skill to be one of the country’s premier guards in the class.

Date: May 3, 2015
Evaluator: Jonathan Hemingway
Location: Bob Gibbons (Suwanee, Ga.)

Smart, now listed at 6-4, ran the point for Elfrid Payton Elite this weekend. He has size for the back court position and brings composure along with his skill. He makes the right play at the right time while putting the ball in his teammates hands. His jumper is not pure as Brandon alluded to below.

Date: October 4, 2014
Evaluator: Jonathan Hemingway
Location: USA Basketball Mini-Camp (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Smart is a point guard with good size for the position and does a good job of passing the basketball. I was impressed in how he made plays without trying to do too much.

Date: October 3, 2014
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: USA Basketball Mini-Camp (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Smart is a point guard who looks like De’Aaron Fox in build/style. He has an awkward release to his right-handed jump shot.

Highlights of Smart courtesy of Courtside Films

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Staff-Pic-B-ClayBrandon Clay is the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc., and BrandonClayScouting.com. He serves as the Executive Camp Director for the Elite Basketball Academy Camps. Clay is a McDonald’s All-American Game Selection Committee member. He also votes on the Naismith Trophy Men’s / Women’s College Player of the Year Academy and is the HS Boys / Girls All-American Team Board of Selectors Chairperson. He has been involved in the community since 2001. You can reach Clay at BrandonClay@PeachStateBasketball.com

Coach Hemi-100-100Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. Hemingway serves on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Trophy. also He is also the publisher of CoachHemi.com. He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at JonathanHemingway@PeachStateBasketball.com and follow him on  twitter @JLHemingwayPSB