I like the idea of having dedicated threads for top prospects, maybe after the tournament and the best guys separate themselves from the flotsam we can have some more.
What I like about Smart:
Huge for a PG at 6'4", 225 lbs
Great body control, knows how to use his size and bullies smaller PGs, loves to bang inside for rebounds
Draws tons of fouls and gets to the line a lot
Has shown great potential as a scorer already, can play off-the-ball
Unselfish, keeps his head up looking for the pass
Does everything. Rebounds, assists, steals, blocks. A true statsheet stuffer
Awesome defensive instincts, very quick laterally and great hands. Terrorizes opposing PGs with his ball pressure.
Nonstop motor, imposes his will on games at both ends of the floor
What I don't like about Smart:
No advanced ball-handling moves. He can split defenders but generally he's not very creative as a ball-handler, also has a questionable left hand
Good athlete, not a great athlete. Only an average first step
Still developing as a shooter, good mechanics on his jumpshot but needs to be more consistent. Rushes shots coming off of screens.
Turnover prone, I don't consider this that much of a bad thing as young PGs are almost always very mistake prone and try to make plays that aren't there but it's still worth noting
May not be a full-time PG in the NBA due to his average handle.
Smart's intangibles scream NBA star and he'll only be 19 at the start of next season. To be so physically imposing at such a young age is also impressive. He's still feeling his way through the PG position but he's shown remarkable improvement since the beginning of his freshman season and his upside is tremendous. He's been awesome as of late and his stock is continuing to rise, with a great tournament performance he might be the consensus number 1 pick. For our sake I hope he has a couple dud games here and there to keep the hype down a little bit.
Best case: less explosive Dwyane Wade
Worst case: smaller Rodney Stuckey