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#23 Jarquez Smith
Position: Forward
Height: 6'9"
Weight: 236
Year: Junior
Hometown: Haddock, Ga.
High School: Jones County
Experience: 2 Letters

Pronounced: JAR-Quez

Bio: 2015-16 Complete Bio

13-14 34 0 343 10.1 32 73 .438 4 17 .235 13 25 .520 17 33 50 1.5 39 0 2 28 24 2 81 2.4
14-15 33 9  586 17.8 75 149 .503  8 31 .258  45 60  .750  34 61 95  2.9 67 0  13  41  35 8  203 6.2
15-16 34 489  14.4 72 131  .550  12  .167 29  41 .707 40 79  119  3.5 79 36 34 14  175 5.1
TOTAL 101 9 1,418 14.0 179 353 .507 14 60 .233 87 126 .690 91 173 264 2.6 185 1 22 105 93 24 460 4.6

 (as of Mar 17, 2016)

Features: Smith Is A Shot Blocking Wonder / Smith A Spark Off Of The Bench /

Videos: Getting To Know Jarquez Smith / Smith's One-handed Putback Dunk Against Syracuse /

ON SMITH: As talented a shot blocker as there is in the ACC who will need to increase his defensive statistics for the Seminoles to return to the upper echelon of defensive teams in college basketball…Florida State ranked fifth in the ACC in blocked shots with a 4.8 blocked shots per game team average…will need Smith’s increased effort on the defensive glass and in limiting the Seminoles’ opponents field goal shooting percentage…Florida State ranked No. 1 nationally in the field goal percentage defense statistic in both 2010 and 2011 under head coach Leonard Hamilton – and played in the NCAA Tournament both of those seasons…enters his junior season on the verge of moving into the all-time top-25 for career blocked shots at Florida State…has 59 blocked shots entering the season with Trevor Harvey ranked 25th in school history with 60 blocked shots…he needs only 22 blocked shots to move into the all-time top 20 and needs 30 to move into the Seminoles’ all-time top 15…the Seminoles’ school record for blocked shots is 239 by Rodney Dobard (1990-93)…sure to be one of the top shot blockers in school history before his career as a Seminole is over…his athleticism will continue to make him a dominant rebounder and shot blocker for the Seminoles during the remaining two seasons of his collegiate career…utilizes his athleticism to play effectively at the rim on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court…will continue to grow and become more and more explosive as he continues to utilize his speed and his aerial dexterity…those attributes, coupled with his work in the weight room will continue to increase his athleticism…is a fearless competitor with excellent mobility and range…has great hands and the ability to catch and release quickly… with Smith in the line-up during the past two seasons, Florida State has cemented itself as the third winningest program in the ACC since the start of the 2005-06 season…helped lead Florida State to 22 wins, a third place finish in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and a semifinal appearance in the NIT at Madison Square Garden during the 2014 season…was Florida State’s first commitment for the class of 2013…ranked No. 63 on the list of the top 100 high school players in the Class of 2013…a four-star recruit and the No. 18 ranked power forward by…ranked as the No. 57 player in the Class of 2013 by… ranked him as the 60th best overall player and the 15th best power forward at the end of his senior season…the 23rd best power forward in the class by…presented with the Unsung Hero Award at the Seminoles' 2016 Honors banquet...

AS A JUNIOR (2016): Averaged 5.1 points (seventh), 3.5 rebounds (fifth) and 1.0 blocked shots (seocnd) while ranking third on the team with a .550 field goal shooting percentage...a key reserve for the Seminoles who appeared as one of the first players off of the bench throughout the season…one of the top games of his career with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocked shots as Florida State won at Boston College (Jan. 26)...scored 12 points in Florida State’s victory over against Charleston South (Dec. 21) and added another 6 rebounds...... scored 8 against DePaul (Nov. 21) in the second round of the Paradise Jam… had six points and six rebounds in the Seminoles’ victory over VCU (Dec. 6)... scored eight points and sdded another 4 rebounds in a loss at Miami (Jan. 9)... recorded all eight of his points in the first half against No. 11  Virginia (Jan. 17)... also added five rebounds in his effort againts the Cavaliers... scored eight points (4-5 shooting form the field) to go along with four rebounds against Virginia Tech (Feb. 20)... Recorded his first double-double of his career (11 points, 14 rebounds) against Virginia Tech in the second round of the 2016 ACC Tournament (Mar. 9)... Scored nine points to go along five rebounds in a win against Davidson (Mar. 15) in the first round of the NIT...

AS A SOPHOMORE (2015): Averaged a career-high 6.2 points (fifth on the team), a career-high 2.9 rebounds (sixth), and 1.1 blocks (second) while shooting a career-high .503 from the field (fifth) and a career-high .750 from the free throw line (second)…played in all 33 games and started his career-high of nine as a sophomore…his first career start came in the 2014-15 season opener against Manhattan and he was a starter in each of the Seminoles’ first nine games of the season…started the first ACC game of his career at Notre Dame on December 13, 2014…established career-highs for games started (nine), minutes played (586), minutes played per game (17.8), field goals made (75), field goals attempted (149), field goal shooting percentage (.503, 3-point field goals made (eight), 3-point field goals attempted (31), 3-point field goal shooting percentage (.358), free throws made (45), free throws attempted (60), free throw shooting percentage (.750), points scored (203), points scored per game (6.2), offensive rebounds (34), defensive rebounds (61), total rebounds (91, rebounds per game (2.9), assists (13), blocked shots (35) and steals (eight) as he enjoyed the best year of his first two seasons at Florida State…increased his scoring percentage by 3.8 points as a sophomore as compared to his freshman season (6.2 – 2.4) as he increased his shooting percentage by 6.5 percentage points in year two of his career (.503 - .438)…his greatest and most long-lasting improvement came from the free throw line as he shot a career-high .750 from the line as a sophomore as compared to .520 as a freshman – an incredible improvement of 23 percentage points…his career high of nine free throws on a career high 11 free throw attempts came in Florida State’s season-opening victory over Manhattan (Nov. 15)…was perfect from the free throw line in seven different games including a perfect three of three from the line against Clemson in Tallahassee (Feb. 4)…his ACC career-high of five free throws came in the Seminoles’ double overtime victory over Wake Forest at home (Jan. 28)…scored in double figures for the first time in his career with 13 points in the Seminoles’ season-opener against Manhattan and scored in double figures a single-season career high five times as a sophomore…his career high for points (16) came in victories over UCF (Dec. 6) and USF in the Orange Bowl Classic (Dec. 20) in a game played at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla…made his career high of seven field goals in scoring 16 points against UCF and made six field goals in scoring 16 points against USF…Florida State won both of its games against UCF and USF…also finished in double figure scoring with 11 points against Duke in Tallahassee (Feb. 9) and totaled his ACC career-high for scoring with 15 points at Georgia Tech (Feb. 14)…his career-high of eight rebounds came in the Seminoles’ victory over Florida in Tallahassee (Dec. 30) with six or more rebounds coming in five different games during his sophomore season…his ACC career-high for rebounds (six) came at North Carolina (Jan. 24) and at Georgia Tech (Feb. 14)…played one of the best games of his career at Georgia Tech as he scored 15 points, pulled down six rebounds and blocked three shots…helped the Seminoles earn a come-from-behind victory over the Yellow Jackets as he played in front of his mother and father and numerous other family and friends…was Florida State’s leading rebounder in two games as a sophomore – in the Seminoles’ victory over Manhattan and in their win over Florida (Dec. 30)…played in all 33 of Florida State’s games including each of his 18 ACC games for the second consecutive season…averaged a career-high 17.8 minutes played per game and played in double figure minutes in all but two games…his career-high of 26 minutes played came in the Seminoles’ game against Nebraska in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (Dec. 1) and against NC State for his ACC career-high (Jan. 17)…second on the team with 35 blocked shots including his career-high of six blocks in the Seminoles’ victory over USF in the Orange Bowl Classic…his six blocked shots helped limit the Bulls to a .364 shooting percentage as Florida State blocked a school record-tying 15 shots in its 75-62 victory…including Smith’s career-high six blocked shots, the Seminoles blocked nearly 23 percent of the Bulls’ shots (15 of 66) in earning the victory…blocked his ACC career-high of three shots at North Carolina and at Georgia Tech…multiple blocked shots came six times including in the Seminoles’ quarterfinal round game of the ACC Tournament against Virginia (March 12)…

AS A FRESHMAN (2014):  Averaged 2.4 points (ninth on the team), 1.5 rebounds (ninth on the team) and 0.7 blocked shots (third) while playing in 34 of 36 games and averaging 10.1 minutes played per game…one of five Seminoles who blocked at least 20 shots with 14 of his 24 blocked shots coming in ACC play…ranked third on the team with a 0.8 blocked shots per game average in ACC play…blocked at least one shot in 16 of the Seminoles’ 34 games with his season high of three blocked shots coming against NCAA Tournament teams Virginia (Jan. 4) in his first ACC game and against North Carolina (Feb. 17)…multiple blocked shots came in six different games including two in the first game of his career against Jacksonville (Nov. 8)…totaled three blocked shots in his first career ACC game against Virginia…two blocked shots came in victories over Notre Dame (Jan. 21) and Virginia Tech (Feb. 5) and in the ACC Tournament against Virginia (March 14)…totaled seven blocked shots (2.3 bpg) in three games against ACC Champion Virginia…his 24 blocked shots during his freshman season rank as the 10th highest blocked shots total by a freshman in school history…scored his season-high of eight points in his first ACC road game in Florida State’s 56-41 win over Clemson…totaled his season of four field goals made and five field goals attempted in the Seminoles’ victory at Littlejohn Coliseum…scored points in each of the first five games of his career and averaged 2.2 points in five games (all victories) against Jacksonville (Nov. 8, three points), at UCF (Nov. 13, four points), against UT-Martin (Nov. 17, four points), No. 10 VCU (Nov. 21, two points) and against Northeastern (Nov. 24, two points)…seven points in a victory over Jacksonville State (Dec. 8) ranked as tied for his highest single game point total of his freshman season… also totaled seven points on the road at NC State (Jan. 29)…averaged 10.1 minutes played per game with double figure minutes coming in 19 of the 34 games he played in…his season-high of 19 minutes played came in the Seminoles’ 106-62 victory over Charlotte in Tallahassee (Dec. 17)…totaled three points, three rebounds and one blocked shots in the Seminoles’ win over the 49ers…his ACC season-high of 18 minutes came as Florida State played host to Clemson in Tallahassee (Feb. 5)…averaged more minutes played per game in 18 games (10.4 mpg) than he did in the 16 non-conference games he played in (9.8 mpg)…at least 10 minutes played in 12 of 18 ACC games…made four 3-point shots on the season with made shots from the bonusphere coming against Jacksonville, Jacksonville State, at Miami (Jan, 18) and at NC State…Florida State was 3-1 in the four games in which he made a 3-point shot…was a perfect four of four from the free throw line (both season high for free throws made and free throws attempted in a single game) in the Seminoles 77-53 win over Jacksonville State…also a perfect two of two from the free throw line in Florida State’s ACC victory over Virginia Tech…

AT JONES COUNTY: Graduated from Jones County High School in 2013…averaged a near triple-double of 16.3 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 7.5 blocks per game during his senior season…scored 20 points or more in eight games which included a 40 point game in the season opener against Putnam County…played in 29 games, nine of which he had triple doubles and 11 double-doubles his senior year…helped lead Jones County to the state playoffs for the first time in 12 years…Smith was named Georgia Basketball boys’ co-player of the year in Region 2-AAAAA and was named to the first team all-state by Atlanta Journal Constitution…averaged 6.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.2 blocked shots as a junior…was also named to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association all-star roster and named the Middle Georgia Player of the Year…Played for the Georgia Stars.

PERSONAL: Born September 16, 1994…son of Sherlena and Willie Frank Smith…grew three inches between his freshman and senior seasons at Jones County… selected Florida State over Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Georgetown, Florida, Kansas, NC State and South Carolina.

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