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Nick Smith
Ht/Wt: 6' 5" / 185 lbs
Position: PG/SG
Team: Arkansas
Class: Freshman

2023 Draft Profile - Nick Smith Jr.

Jonathan Wasserman - Bleacher Report - June 21st: "After injuries affected Nick Smith Jr.ís season and inefficiency cast a cloud over it, scouts sounded pleased with his pro day. There is still plenty of confidence in his shot-making and three-level scoring, despite what the percentages at Arkansas say."

Kyle Irving - Sporting News - June 21st: "Coulibaly is the type of versatile defender, impactful cutter and budding playmaker who could develop into a hidden gem."

Gary Parrish - CBS Sports - June 20th: "Smith dealt with a less-than-perfect knee all season that limited him to just 17 games, most of which he struggled in relative to the expectations that accompanied him to Arkansas. That's among the reasons he won't be selected where most projected he'd go a year ago, but the combo guard is still super-talented."

NBA Draft Room - May 16th: "Smith missed parts of the season with injury and didnít really find his rhythm. Heís a score first player who needs to get more efficient putting the ball in the basket but has a lot of scoring upside."

John Fanta - Fox Sports - May 12: "...a knee injury sidelined the Razorbacks freshman phenom from ever finding rhythm at the college level. Smith has something to prove in the evaluation period, but his offensive skill set and shotmaking ability give him plenty of intrigue."

Tyler Byrum and Chase Hughes - NBC Sports - May 8th: "Smith missed about half of his freshman season due to a knee injury but did manage a fairly decent sample size of 17 games. During that time he struggled to find consistency and shot a low percentage both from the field (37.6) and from three (33.8)."

Bryan Kalbrosky - For the Win - May 5th: "Although he struggled to stay healthy and wasnít particularly efficient during his one-and-done season at Arkansas, the upside for Smith is still very high."

Krysten Peek - Yahoo! Sports - Jan. 30th: "NBA scouts and executives believe they won't see Smith Jr. return to the court this college season as he focuses on staying healthy for the pre-draft process. Smith Jr. was the best guard coming out of high school and limited college minutes haven't plagued projected high draft picks in the past."

Chase Hughes - NBC Sports - Jan. 16: "Smith is one of the hardest players to evaluate in this draft because he has battled a knee injury, which has limited him to five games so far and his poor numbers in those games seem to be a direct reflection of him not being 100 percent."

Jonathan Wasserman - Bleacher Report - Jan. 5th: "It wouldn't be shocking if his season was over after just five games at Arkansas, though he mostly backed up the preseason hype in December, showcasing enticing creation and three-level shot-making skill for a 6'5" potential lead guard."

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