Zhaire Smith had a strong NCAA Tournament, for example against Florida he had 18 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and played quality defense. He played well throughout the tournament as the Red Raiders reached the Elite Eight.
That run of play pushed Smith toward entering the NBA draft this year, and he’s made that leap.
He has signed with Roc Nation to represent him, there is no going back now.
Smith is a 6’5″ small forward expected to go somewhere in the middle of the first round.
He’s an off-the-chart athlete but is raw by NBA standards on the skills side. His handles need a lot of work, and his shot is not where it needs to be (he hit 45 percent from three last season but only took 1.1 per game). He is long (6’9″ wingspan) and has good defensive instincts, he could develop into a quality 3&D guy with work, maybe more. But draft him and it’s a development project.