Zhaire Smith

Zhaire Smith

Position: SG                        College: Texas Tech        Class/YOB: Freshman

Height: 6’4                          Weight: 198                   Wingspan: 6’10

 

Strengths:

  • Extraordinary athlete. Can sky off of two feet. The most impressive dunker in the class.
  • Projectable frame. Solid build should become even more defined, as he is still a teenager.
  • Strong finisher at the rim. As a straight line driver or cutter, he is dangerous coming to the basket at full speed.
  • Plus defender. Has a strong base and stays in front of the ball. Undersized but can go up and protect the rim in traffic.
  • Crashes glass well. Gets to rebounds quicker and higher than other guards. Especially impactful on the offensive end.
  • Shooting has potential. Form looks a little bit funny but he makes it work. Didn’t shoot a ton of threes at Tech, though he hit 45 percent. His shot has looked strong in workouts. Would be an added bonus if his jumper is reliable from day one.

Weaknesses:

  • Getting any type of separation is an issue due to basic ball-handling ability.
  • Very undersized for a wing. He is barely over 6’3. Has solid length but will be at a height disadvantage in nearly every matchup.
  • Shot goes in, but it takes a while to get off. Being undersized, he will need to speed up his release.
  • Overall game is pretty raw. Has a large set of tools to work with. Still will need some patience to bring out his potential.

Stats:

MPG FG% 3PT% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TOPG PPG
28.4 55.6% 45.0% 71.7% 5.0 1.8 1.1 1.1 1.1 11.3