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Dennis Smith - G - NC State
adidas Nations Scouting Reports: Point Guards
August 10, 2015
-Has outstanding physical tools for a point guard—very good size, strength and athleticism
-Incredible athlete. Gets to wherever he wants on the floor. Lightning quick first step. Changes speeds amazingly well. Finishes above the rim with ease.
-Very good ball-handler
-Difficult to contain in open court with combination of speed, strength and shiftiness
-Can create his own shot driving either left or right
-Can knock down shots with feet set or off the dribble, albeit inconsistently. Has good shooting mechanics.
-Excellent passer when he wants to be. Finds teammates off the dribble impressively. Will be a very good distributor when it's all said and done
-Huge potential as a pick and roll threat thanks to ball-handling, shooting, ability to change speeds and court vision
-Will be an excellent defender if he wants to be. Shows very quick feet. The ability to get in passing lanes.
-Rebounds well from guard position
-Has plenty of room to improve his decision making and overall polish, particularly in the half-court
-Can look very wild at times. Doesn't always read the floor. Tries to just blow by opponents every time. Forces up difficult shots. Turns ball over
-Sloppy with his finishes around the basket in the half-court at times. Just tosses up floaters from outside the paint
-Perimeter shot is still fairly streaky. Hit just 20/70 of 3-point attempts (28.5%) in 27 games we have logged this summer. 91/126 (72%) from the free throw line leaves room for optimism
-Just goes through the motions at times on defense
Outlook: Potentially the most athletic guard in high school basketball. Looks to have grown. May be a legit 6-3 now. Outside shot is progressing. Developing a little more of a personality on the court as well. Looked unstoppable in pick and roll situations until a knee injury (eventually diagnosed as a torn ACL) knocked him out of the final day of televised games. Has plenty of things he can continue to work on, but nothing that can't be fixed. Missing his senior season of high school basketball is unfortunate, but as long as he recovers accordingly, his ceiling as a prospect is very very high.
Dennis Smith Jr., No. 1 point guard in ESPN 100 for 2016, picks NC State
Smith is a pure point guard prospect that has solid enough size to play the position in the NBA. He's extremely quick with excellent ball-handling ability, able to navigate small, crowded spaces in the paint and make a variety of passes to either the corner or to crashing big men when he gets there.
He's an awesome distributor whose best attribute is his feel in the pick-and-roll. All week, he and Bam Adebayo (who I'll get momentarily) were nearly unstoppable in that situation, as Smith would basically direct him to exactly where the soft spot in the defense was, then pinpoint either a perfect pass to his outstretched arms or a beautiful little pocket pass to the 16-foot range for a jumper. With his quickness and smarts, it's pretty easy to see how he could be successful in a league dominated with such situations.
He does need to improve his shooting from distance and his defense to get to the point where he could be an NBA starter, but Smith is pretty much exactly what you want from a floor general. He can break down defenses into the paint, score at the rim, make spectacular passes, and generally just lead your team. A guy that, again, has a wider range of outcomes due to his youth, but has a lot of upside due to what he already brings to the table. I like him a lot.
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