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Nolan Smith
Ht/Wt: 6-3 / 185 lbs
Position: PG/SG
Team: Duke
Class: Senior

2011 Draft Profile - Nolan Smith

Great college career and typical Coach K player. Very heady, and unselfish winner, with good bloodlines as well. Smith has won a national championship and is leading the acc in scoring and assists while maintaining a #1 ranking, which is remarkable. He is caught in between being a pg and sg, but has done everything well that he is asked of. Does not have prototype size, and average at best explosiveness for the nba level. Probably more suited as a pg in NBA even though he has played more sg in college. He probably will not take guys off the dribble much in the NBA but will possess very good shooting and passing along the perimeter. Will be a good defender and great teammate.

NBA comparison: Chris Duhon/ Derek Fisher
Player profile submitted by: Tom Patterson

Over the years I have learned to respect and appreciate Nolan's game. He is a grind it out no holds barge type player that brings the lunch pale and hard hat to the court. Many NBA evaluators get caught into the "sexy" of a player's game rather than what he brings to the table in terms of production. That is where Nolan comes into conversation, to me, this kid has been one of college basketball's premier players from the last two seasons. I know he can be a asset to a NBA team if given a chance. No, he won't blow your mind with elite level athleticism but he has surprising play making skills that he has shown while leading the ACC in assist distributing the rock at a high volume. You can't play him close because of his first step to get to the rack, you can't play off of him because of ability to stick it from deep and mid range, sounds to me, that's NBA material all day. I project mid to late first round pick in coming draft.
Player profile submitted by: Monta Williams of Blueprintscouting.com

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Nolan Smith - Prospect Profile

Nolan Smith Duke Basketball 2009-10 Highlight Vid

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