July 18, 2024

Five-Star Jordan Smith Jr. Displays Ideal Qualities for Duke Basketball

High-Energy Performance

Jordan Smith Jr., a potential Duke basketball recruit, impresses with his relentless energy from the moment he steps onto the court. This high-octane athlete, who already has over a dozen offers, is yet to receive one from Duke. However, given his ability to create positive plays with his uptempo style, it seems likely that Duke head coach Jon Scheyer will soon add him to the list of targets.

Strong Duke Connections

Smith, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound five-star guard, is currently ranked No. 5 overall and No. 2 at his position on the 2026 ESPN 60. He attends Paul VI Catholic (Va.), a well-known feeder school for Duke basketball. Last season, he played alongside current Duke freshmen Darren Harris and Patrick Ngongba II.

Duke basketball recruiting prospect Jordan Smith Jr.

Impressive Defensive and Offensive Skills

Smith’s ability to initiate defense and attack offensively makes him particularly appealing to the Duke staff. Recently, Duke scouts watched one of his games with the USA Basketball U17 National Team at the FIBA U17 World Cup in Istanbul. In a commanding 146-62 win over China, Smith recorded a game-high six steals in just 17 minutes off the bench. He also added 10 points, four assists, two blocks, one rebound, and had zero turnovers, shooting 4-for-7 from the field and 2-for-4 from beyond the arc.

Team USA and Future Prospects

Smith is a teammate of five other five-star 2025 Duke targets, all ranked among the top 20 in their class: Cameron Boozer, AJ Dybantsa, Koa Peat, Jalen Haralson, and Cayden Boozer. Team USA will face the Philippines in the Round of 16 at 7:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday.

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