An early entry candidate for the 2004 NBA Draft. Originally committed to play for North Carolina. Named Co-MVP of the 2004 McDonald’s High School All-America game along with fellow draft prospect Dwight Howard. Named Co-MVP of the EA Sports Roundball Classic along with draft prospect Shaun Livingston. Began his career at Lakewood High School (N.J.) before transferring to St. Benedict’s Prep, where he gained an extra year of eligibility to work on academics. Played for head coach Danny Hurley, who was a star at St. Anthony’s (N.J.) and played college basketball at Seton Hall.
High School Career Highlights: Named First Team All-State as a junior and senior. Named Second Team All-State as a sophomore and Third Team as a freshman. Also played football and baseball in high school.
2004 Postseason All-Star Games: Scored a game-high 25 points as the East defeated the West 126-96 in the McDonald’s Game. Connected of 5-of-11 three-pointers and added four rebounds and five assists. Played for the East squad in the EA Sports Roundball Classic, tallying 16 points and five steals, as the West came away with a 124-110 victory. In the Nike Hoop Summit against top international competition, scored 17 points, as the USA Select Team rolled to a 99-79 win over the World Select Team.
Senior (2003-04): Averaged 23.9 points and 5.0 steals. Set school single-season records for points (700), three-pointers (108) and field goal percentage (.541). Scored 30 or more points seven times.
Junior (2002-03): Helped lead St. Benedict’s to a 24-3 record and first-place finish in the state. Averaged 17.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists.
Sophomore (2001-02): At Lakewood, helped lead his team to a 23-6 record and the South Jersey Group 3 Championship. Averaged 27.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks.
Freshman (2000-01): Helped lead his team to a 20-3 record. Averaged 17.0 points and 3.0 rebounds.
Strengths: Has a 44-inch vertical leap to go with excellent range on his jumpshot. An excellent finisher on the break.
Personal: Son of Ioa and Earl Smith. Has three brothers and two sisters. Favorite sport other than basketball is football. Lists fellow draft prospect Luol Deng as the best player he’s ever faced. Favorite foot is baked ziti. Favorite basketball announcer is Dick Vitale. Wears No. 23 because of Michael Jordan.