6' Unsigned Senior Julian Smith
Spring Valley (Columbia, SC)

Smith leaves everything on the floor. When you play with the type of energy level that Smith does it just elevates the play of everyone on the floor. He is vocal, he plays with a high motor and his energy level makes his team play hard.

Smith is an unselfish lead guard who is a two-way player who is fun to watch. Almost immediately, as he played in Phenom's Summer Jam 2, National Analyst Rick Lewis noticed Smith. Lewis stated,''Smith was efficient and productive for Spring Valley. He proved to be a tough and tenacious defender as well.''We have said it time and time again that D2 schools should be all over this one.

From the point guard position, Smith is able to shoot, pass, handle and defend. We ask college coaches what more do you want from you point guard, especially when you add in the motor he plays with and the way he leads his team vocally. Spring Valley High School has a rich recent basketball history, sending PJ Dozier to South Carolina and Jordan Bruner to Yale within the last 3 years. There was a slight dip after those two left, but Smith has the program back looking toward a nice playoff run.

As with most of the top players in the state, Smith is an alum of the prestigious South Carolina Top 80. In fact, for the 2017 SC Top 80, Smith was the recipient of the Mr Station award. After his performance in the last camp we wrote, 'Continuing onto a player that really honed in on doing all the little things to make an impact, Julian Smith. He's a tough lead guard with great vision and ball distribution abilities, able to make plays for others in transition or the half court. Offensively, Smith scores quite well on all three levels and displays a very high IQ when making decisions with the ball. His motor is probably his best attribute, as he never seems to stop working to earn extra possessions. Smith provided an irreplaceable presence on this team, always communicating and motivating teammates on and off the floor. Overall, Smith's game is really well rounded, especially considering he's a hound on the defensive end. Next in his development process is continuing to work on attacking both sides of the floor on offense, as it would open up a variety of scoring chances. Smith certainly made an impact in all facets of the game with his big time leadership and two-way abilities.''

After watching him throughout the South Carolina Top 80, esteemed basketball scout Jason Porter walked away raving about Smith. Here is what he had to say,''Julian has that natural leadership ability with a fantastic attitude. He provided off-the-chart energy and effort while also pushing the tempo with ease. Julian has nice vision in transition; he's a lead guard who works equally well at the passing or scoring the ball. He's a tough defender with a great motor on both ends of the floor. Julian is the type of kid that respects the game and it rubs off on teammates.'

Again, we ask college coaches, what more do you want in a lead guard. As of right now he doesn't hold any offers, that has to change. Without question Smith's sum is greater than his parts, he will win a lot of collegiate games.

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