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Georgia has been one of the most, if not the most, talented basketball states in the country, with players from the past like Dwight Howard, Josh Smith, Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Louis Williams just to name a few. Currently, Georgia native, Anthony Edwards is being projected as the #1 draft pick in 2020 and Sharief Cooper and Brandon Boston are both top 10 in our 2020 rankings. You might ask yourself “who’s next”? The short answer is Jabari Smith Jr. He has big shoes to fill to keep the state at the top of the list, not to mention that his dad was Jabari Smith Sr who was a star in the state by his own right. He was drafted #45 by the Sacramento Kings in 2000.

Jabari was selected to the USA basketball minicamp this spring and Jabari didn’t disappoint. He was one of the standouts of the 50 most talented players selected. Jabari played in The Tip-Off Classic April 19 – 21 where he cemented his name amongst media in attendance. Jabari is a 6’9 wing/forward who attends Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Ga. Jabari can do it all on the floor. He is big enough to play inside and skilled enough to play on the perimeter.

Jabari is just a sophomore and the future of Georgia basketball. It’s hard to say future because he is clearly one of the best players in Georgia no matter the class and he has a high celling because he will only get better and stronger. Jabari and the Atlanta Celtics just played in our Alley-Oop and he didn’t disappoint. He hit a shot at the buzzer to beat the talented YRN team and averaged a double-double throughout the weekend. We look forward to having Jabari at our Hoop Hustler 100 Camp on September 14.

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