NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT
A very intriguing 6-10 forward who definitely passes the eye test when he steps onto the floor, Jalen Smith is a likely mid first round pick in the 2020 NBA draft.
Smith is a natural big man but is also a very fluid athlete and has coordination usually seen in wings.
As he expands his game to the perimeter he’ll gain more and more draft value.
- Makes the game look easy – smooth leaper and fluid athlete with speed, change of direction and natural ability
- Can really get off the ground and is very quick to the rim
- Uses ball fakes well. Has quick hands and knows how to keep the ball high. Has a lot of burst.
- Attacks the offensive glass and gets a lot of stick(s)-back dunks
- A righty who has an advanced left hand, dribbling, scoring and blocking shots
- Shows promise as a multi-dimensional offensive threat, with a face-up game and 3 point shooting range
- A disciplined defender who keeps his feet and jumps second – can block shots with either hand and is very quick off the ground
- A hard worker who puts in the effort to improve his game and add strength to his frame
- A very grounded and humble young man
- Has a thin frame and a very light lower body
- Needs to add upper body strength but will likely always be more of a finesse big-man, especially at the next level
- P.J. Brown
- a better Anthony Randolph
mid first to early second round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft
2020 Power Forwards
- Obi Toppin – 6-9 – Dayton
- Aleksej Pokusevski – 7-0 – Serbia
- Paul Reed – 6-9 – DePaul
- Mamadi Diakite – 6-9 – Virginia
- Jalen Smith – 6-10 – Maryland
- Xavier Tillman – 6-8 – Michigan State
- Reggie Perry – 6-9 – Mississippi State
- Lamar Stevens – 6-8 – Penn State
- Killian Tillie – 6-10 – Gonzaga
- Paul Eboua – 6-8 – Cameroon
- Emmitt Williams – 6-6 – LSU
- E.J. Montgomery – 6-10 – Kentucky