Florida State Seminoles: Jarquez Smith

Smith hopes to reach potential at FSU 

October, 15, 2012
Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton isn’t afraid of recruiting project players (see Okaro White and Ian Miller). While most are more apt to opt for the sure thing, Hamilton’s patient enough and secure enough in his ability to cultivate players he spends the time molding one or two a year.

Hamilton’s next project is Jarquez Smith (Haddock, Ga./Jones County) after the ESPN 100 senior post committed to the Seminoles Sunday night. Smith stands at 6-foot-9 and 215 pounds, ideal measurables for a post player. But is he a post player? Who is Smith and why is he possibly the biggest riddle in the senior class?

This is one of those commitments that register more on the upside and potential scale than it does on the production side of the ledger. Don’t get me wrong; Smith’s had his big games but not nearly enough to match his immense talent level. His biggest marketable long-term asset is his capacity to play facing the basket. That aspect of his game also lends to his biggest weakness: avoiding responsibilities in the lane.

Smith doubles FSU's weekend tally

October, 14, 2012
It's been quite a weekend for Florida State basketball.

Just 24 hours after receiving the commitment of the No. 24 prospect in the country, Xavier Rathan-Mayes, the Seminoles doubled their total with four-star forward Jarquez Smith (Haddock, Ga./Jones County).

"It was the great atmosphere, the coaches and I think they have a really good plan for me," Smith said.

Smith chose Florida State over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech and South Carolina. He and Rathan-Mayes are the only commitments for the Class of 2013.


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