Statistically improved 'Noles will get Puerto Rico barometer reading
Hamilton sees potential for "something special" from his 12th FSU squad
The Florida State men's basketball team now turns its attention to Friday night's 8 p.m. season opener at the Donald L. Tucker Center
Okaro White and Montay Brandon each score 23 points in the first of two
"Jarquez Smith is a matchup problem for opposing teams with his ability to stretch the defense. Jarquez prefers to live on the perimeter rather than posting up on the interior," said Rick Lewis of Phenom Hoop Report.
ON SMITH: A talented forward with the ability to rebound and block shots at an incredible rate and who also has an incredible ability to knock down shots from the perimeter...his athleticism will make him a dominant rebounder and shot blocker for the Seminoles during his career...utilizes his athleticism to play effectively at the rim on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court...has the ability to play facing the basket as a power forward who can take his shooting range out to the 3-point line...is also a solid ball handler for a player of his size...is still growing and will become more explosive in both his speed and his aerial ability as he continues with the strength and conditioning program at Florida State...considered to be a fearless competitor...excellent mobility and range...has great hands and the ability to catch and release quickly...was Florida State's first commitment for the class of 2013...ranked No. 63 on the CBSSPorts.com 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 Rivals.com...ranked as the No. 57 player in the Class of 2013 by Rivals.com...ESPN.com 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 247sports.com
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 includeed 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 All-State First Team 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...a general studies major.
Triple Double Games (2012-13 at Jones County) Date Opponent Pts Rebs. Blks D20 Elbert (Ga.) County 10 24 18 D22 Salem (Ga.) 18 14 13 J4 Veterans (Ga.) 24 14 10 J29 Twiggs County (Ga.) 24 14 14 F1 Northside (Ga.) 28 23 14 F5 Warner Robins (Ga.) 14 12 11 F9 Putnam County (Ga.) 11 15 11 F13 Grovetown (Ga.) 20 14 11 F15 Warner Robins (Ga.) 21 21 12
Double Double Games (2012-13 at Jones County) Date Opponent Pts. Rebs. Blks. N13 Putnam County (Ga.) 40 16 6 N27 Verterans (Ga.) 17 11 8 D4 Dodge County (Ga.) 14 15 7 D21 Central (Ga.) 10 11 5 J5 Houston County (Ga.) 12 10 6 J8 Northside (Ga.) 16 18 8 J11 Dublin (Ga.) 19 11 J18 Warner Robins (Ga.) 12 10 7 J19 Monticello (Ga.) 18 13 3 J26 Baldwin (Ga.) 18 13 7 F20 Richmond Hill (Ga.) 21 10
Jarquez Smith's Career Highs PTS 4 vs. UT Martin (11-17-13) 4 at UCF (11-13-13) FGM 2 at UCF (11-13-13) FGA 5 vs. Northeastern (11-24-13) 5 vs. UT Martin (11-17-13) FG% 1.000 at UCF (11-13-13) 3FGM 1 vs. Jacksonville (11-8-13) 3FGA 2 vs. Jacksonville (11-8-13) 3FG% .500 vs. Jacksonville (11-8-13) FTM 2 vs. UT Martin (11-17-13) FTA 4 vs. UT Martin (11-17-13) FT% .500 vs. UT Martin (11-17-13) OR 1 vs. UT Martin (11-17-13) 1 vs. Jacksonville (11-8-13) DR 4 vs. UT Martin (11-17-13) REBS 5 vs. UT Martin (11-17-13) AST BLK 2 vs. Jacksonville (11-8-13) STL 1 vs. Northeastern (11-24-13) MIN 17 vs. UT Martin (11-17-13)