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.