Razorback MBB signee Smith 1 of 5 finalists for National Player of the Year

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Razorback signee Nick Smith Jr., has been named 1 of 5 finalists for the Jersey Mike’s Naismith High School Trophy for Boys Player of the Year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today.

By Mike Cawood
By Mike Cawood

University of Arkansas Associate Communications Director for Men’s Basketball and Men’s Golf

Smith has led North Little Rock HS to a 21-3, a #8 national ranking by MaxPreps and #14 national ranking by ESPN.com. The Charging Wildcats are coming off a 77-45 win at Fort Smith Northside, thanks to a game-high 17 points from Smith, and have three regular-season games remaining, including a home game versus Bryant on Friday (Feb. 18). Smith is averaging over 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists this season.

Smith recently moved to #4 on the Rivals.com Class of 2022 ranking and is now the website’s top-ranked point guard in the nation. Smith is tied for the highest-ranked Arkansas signee ever in the Rivals era, matching 2004 signee Al Jefferson (did not play at Arkansas as he was a first-round NBA draft pick out of high school). Smith is also the highest-ranked, in-state prospect during the Rivals era. (The previous best was Bentonville’s Malik Monk, who was No. 9 overall in 2016.)

Nick Smith Jr. Top Honors:

  • 1 of 5 finalists for the Jersey Mike’s Naismith High School Boys Player of the Year
  • McDonald’s All-American
  • Listed as the #3 pick in the 2023 NBA Draft and the top incoming college freshman by ESPN
  • On the 25-man Jersey Mike’s Naismith High School Boys Midseason Team
  • #3 on the SI99 All-American list
  • 4th overall recruit in the nation by Rivals / #1 point guard in the nation
  • 5th overall recruit in the nation by 247Sports / #1 combo guard in the nation
  • 6th overall recruit in the nation by ESPN / #3 shooting guard in the nation
  • 6th overall recruit in the nation by 247Composite / #2 combo guard in the nation

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