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Strengths: Smith was a major contributor on a Duke team coming off a National Championship ... At 6'3, he has nice size and length for a point guard, and has enough overall awareness and skill to play off the ball as well ... With the ball in his hands, Smith's high basketball IQ and excellent ball security allow him to efficiently run an offense ... He shows nice touch in the lane when attacking the rim, with a good feel for when to float it/take it strong and when to dish it out to the open man ... He's a capable outside shooter, but generally shoots his best when someone creates open opportunities for him ... Smith's awareness allows him to read defenses and make the right pass in a timely fashion, and despite not being a pure point guard, he's trusted at the position with his excellent decision making and offensive efficiency ... Defensively his best attributes revolve around his length, IQ and effort ...
Weaknesses: Smith's biggest obstacle at the next level will be trying to create separation between him and his defender ... He lacks explosiveness, and therefore takes longer to execute his move and get by his defender... He's not a dynamic athlete, which limits his upside considering he already struggles in the one on one game... Though he shot a very respectable 39% from downtown last season, he will need to continue improving his outside game in order to make him more of a threat offensively ... Defensively he might have trouble guarding NBA 2 guards, limiting his services ...
Overall: Though he won't turn heads with any one aspect of his game, Smith has proven to be reliable in terms sharing the playmaking and scoring responsibilities ... As an NBA prospect, his maturity, leadership, high IQ and complete overall skill set should be enough to get his name called somewhere in the second round ... Winning on the biggest stage for the most respected coach in college basketball will only help his draft stock ...
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