ESPN No. 27 ranked high school junior Javonte Smart has committed to LSU.
The 6-4 point guard averaged 25.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and 2.1 steals this season for Scotlandville Magnet HS (Baton Rouge, LA), leading the team to the state championship.
Smart, who was named Louisiana’s Mr. Basketball this year, is also averaging 15.5 points and 4.1 assists for Houston Hoops on the Nike EYBL this spring.
“Because this is where I’m from and where I started, I feel like if I could put on for my city, that’s the best thing I can do,” Smart told NOLA.com on why he chose the hometown Tigers.
His Scotlandville Magnet high school coach Carlos Sample was thrilled with Smart’s decision.
“It’s a win-win. I think this is good for LSU and for Ja’Vonte,” Sample told theadvocate.com. “I’m happy for him, for [head] coach [Will] Wade and for LSU.”
“I’ve known coach Wade for a while,” Sample added. “He recruited two of our other players, Damian (Jones) and Lamarcus Lee, and has always had quality programs, in addition to just being a good person.”
NBC Sports’ Scott Phillips loves Smart’s complete game.
“A much-improved all-around scorer, besides being a solid distributor, Smart is the type of guard who can come in and immediately make an impact as a freshman for the Tigers,” Phillips wrote.
LSU beat out the likes of blue chip programs such as Kentucky Kansas, and UCLA to land Smart.
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