You Can’t Tame The Tiger

If you been around basketball, you know good basketball when you see it. Most times you can walk into any gym and immediately identify who the real basketball players are. Watching Jabari Smith play for the first time, I immediately knew he was real basketball player and a problem for opposing teams on the court. He has it.

Jabari’s game resembles a combination of players past and present. Rashard Lewis, Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo are a few. Another is Ben “Benji” Wilson, one of Chicago’s finest high school basketball prospects who died tragically in a shooting in 1984.

If you been around basketball, you know good basketball when you see it. Most times you can walk into any gym and immediately identify who the real basketball players are. Watching Jabari Smith play for the first time, I immediately knew he was a real basketball player and a problem for opposing teams on the court. He has it.

Jabari’s game resemblance a combination of players past and present. Rashard Lewis, Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo are a few. Another is Ben “Benji” Wilson, one of Chicago’s finest high school basketball prospects who died tragically in a shooting in 1984.

You ask why Jabari Smith? Smith is just different. You’re getting the total offensive package with Jabari. He’s 6’10” with a 7’0” wingspan. He’s is a fundamentally sound, all-around basketball player, and gifted athlete who plays with fire and passion. He’s a willing defender. He has heart. He understands basketball and that will only keep growing as long as he continues to work at the craft. Smith could potentially play himself into some elite basketball company in the NBA. 

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Ben Wilson

Benji led Chicago Simeon, a high school basketball powerhouse to its first ever Illinois AA State Championship as a Junior in high school. Ben Wilson was shot the day before Simeon’s season opener and died soon after.

Are there some things Jabari can work on? Not much though. He’s that good. Maybe things like decision making, shot selection, and creating for others at the pro level. Those are things that will come with more repetition in situational basketball moments. 

Jabari’s game resembles a combination of players past and present. Rashard Lewis, Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo are a few.

Jabari is filling up the stat sheet and that’s what every team general manager, scout, and talent evaluator love about him. He’s the complete package. A lot can change and will change from now until the 2022 NBA Draft but, I don’t see much changing for Jabari. If he continues applying pressure, the Auburn Tigers have the potential to be the 2022 NCAA Basketball Champions. He could win Men’s College Basketball Player of the Year, and be the number one overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. He’s an 18-year-old college freshman that’s a man amongst boys on the basketball court, putting everyone on notice that he’s here for the foreseeable future.

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Melo Williams

Melo Williams

Basketball was my first love. I won my first basketball championship at six years old Boys Club League. From that moment I knew my life would revolve around the game of basketball. HS Graduate C/O 98. Played HS and Junior College basketball. Invited to USA Junior Nationals. Tried out for a few Semi Pro basketball teams. Retired from basketball in 2010. Since my ball has went flat, I found new life in basketball by of coaching, training. and scouting.

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