BrandonClayScouting: Player Card – Jatarious ‘JJ’ Smith

Nike Elite 100. St. Louis.

Class of 2017 wing Jatarious Smith of Ga., is one of the most explosive athletes in the nation. Photo cred – Jon Lopez/Nike Elite 100 Camp

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Nike Elite 100. St. Louis.

Jatarious ‘JJ’ Smith (Mableton, Ga.), Pebblebrook HS
Height: 6’4″
Position: Wing
Committed College: Ole Miss
Star Grade:


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By: @JLHemingwayPSB & @BrandonClayPSB Player Evaluations

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

Smith is a great athlete who is a threat to throw down an alley-oop in the full court anytime he has space. He is a great defender as well as he uses that athleticism to jump out into the passing lanes.  His ball skill could improve and he does not shoot a very high percentage from the field while he finished averaging 11 points per game on the circuit. He was only 7-33 from 3pt range and shot 40% on all FG this year. His FT percentage was 50%.

Date: June 14, 2014
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: Nike Elite 100 Camp (St. Louis, Mo.)

Smith was awesome here in a gym full of his peers. He played like an ELITE 25 prospect in the class nationally. He might not have the scoring ability of Troy Brown (NV) or DJ Harvey (MD) but Smith can put the ball in the hole. His strength was an asset here as well.

Date: May 24, 2014
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: Nike EYBL Session IV (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Smith is a strong, athletic option at the wing position. Though he didn’t showcase a specialty, he has a build almost identical to teammate Prince Ali who is two years his senior.


Highlights of Smith complements of NLA



Staff-Pic-B-ClayBrandon Clay is the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc., and 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 [email protected]

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 He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at [email protected] and follow him on  twitter @JLHemingwayPSB