Updated as of 9/9/2020, scouting report written by Alan Lu.
2020 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 17
Projected Draft Range: Mid to Late 1st Round
Good finisher around the basket
Decent shooter for a big man, has stretch big potential
Adequate low post scorer
Adequate defensive player
Good shot blocker
May need to improve his low post game
Still needs to improve his shooting
May struggle to consistently create his own shot
Needs to improve his playmaking skills
Can be too passive on offense
Can have lapses defensively
Can be foul prone
Jalen Smith is an athletic, skilled big man that could project to be a high motor, defensive specialist in the NBA. He can finish plays around the basket, rebound, and block shots, and he also is a fairly good shooter that can knock down spot-up jumpers off the catch.
He will need to improve his playmaking skills, and he will need to be more assertive on offense, but Smith’s athleticism, skill set, and upside could enable him to be a first round pick in 2020.
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